These famous Stevenage characters were born in 1857 in Symonds Green. Twin sons, so alike, that their parents would tie different coloured ribbons on them to tell them apart, were called Ebenezer Albert and Albert Ebenezer (after the Ebenezer Chapel on Albert Street in Stevenage).
The twins were well known poachers whose convictions between them ran over the 200 mark. The police were often at a loss to know which twin they had caught, a problem that the brothers exploited as much as they could. The police eventually learned to look for distinguishing scars which the brothers had, and kept a record of their fingerprints (a new development in policing).
The twins did also do legal jobs, labouring on the building of the Police Station on Stanmore Road – building the cells which they later occupied after being caught poaching!
Ebenezer and Albert were popular with local farmers for their skills in getting rid of foxes and finding useful farm dogs, but not so popular with the keepers.
They were skilled in woodcraft, spending part of their lives living in a bivouac and poaching to get their meat and fish.
A Stevenage pub on Rockingham Way was named “The Twin Foxes” after them. See the photo of its opening in 1953 in the section on public houses.