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Rhayader
The Rebecca Riots
 
  Rebecca and her daughters come to Rhayader  
 

Between 1839 and 1844 the country areas of South Wales were witness to something unique. At was a time when the poor of both town and country felt under pressure from changes that were happening. They were experiencing real hardship and felt that those in power didn't care about their problems.

Around Rhayader the grievences led to violent attacks on tollgates. The attackers wore womens clothing and claimed the identity of "Rebecca and her daughters" as they smashed down the gates and terrorised the gatekeepers.

Choose from the links below to find out more.

 
 
Who were Rebecca and her daughters ?
 
 
How do we know what happened ?
 
 
A stormy September
 
 
Broke to atoms !
 
 
"A famous night in Rhayader"
 
 
What happened afterwards ?
 
 

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