The Shipley Gang were a gang of early nineteenth century labourers.
Composed of 3 families, Rapley, Jupp and Nye but also Browne, Ewens and Mitchell.
They operated in the Horsham area of Sussex stealing and housebreaking.
Indictments obtained from The National Archives, Kew all show the name James Rapley (alledged ring leader) with the letters K C above his name.
It has been suggested K C stands for Kings Council, but this leads to the question how did a labourer afford to pay for a barrister?
Any help, thoughts, comments gratefully received.