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Rhayader
The Rebecca riots
 
  7. What happened afterwards  
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Rob Davies

After the serious attacks of November 1843 the authorities brought in extra London policemen to Rhayader, and a detachment of soldiers.

Fear of Rebecca and her daughters spread to Knighton and the army patrolled there until January 1844.
The final attacks came in September of that year at Rhayader and Builth.

rioters
  Under arrest!

The police managed to arrest some of the rioters who were tried and transported to Australia.
After everything had quietened down the authorities did try to understand the causes of the riots. An enquiry was held and some of the grievences local people had were discussed.

As a result the hated Turnpike Trusts were scrapped and another organisation looked after the roads.
Rebecca and her daughters had achieved some of their aims at least.

 
 

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