Sir Benjamin Stone, 'Equipment of a "Press Gang" party. Official staves

Sir Benjamin Stone, 'Equipment of a "Press Gang" party. Official staves

Sir Benjamin Stone
'Equipment of a "Press Gang" party. Official staves, drums, Constable etc. Fordwich, Kent. 1906'
Fordwich, Kent, England
1906
Platinum print
Museum no. E.2940-2000

A press gang was a group of men empowered to coerce people into joining the military or naval services. They are pictured in Fordwich, once a port town and part of the medieval defence system known as the 'Cinque Ports'.