Rebecca Riots happened between 1839 and 1842. They
were a protest against the high tolls having to be
paid on the Turnpike Roads.
Protest takes it's name from the manner in which the
protest was conducted. The first of the 'Rebecca'
riots was on 6th June 1839. Here a group of Welsh
farmers attacked a Toll House. They tore down the
toll gate, smashed up the toll Keepers house and burnt
it to the ground.
why the Rebecca Riots then?
leader of this protest, Twn Carnabwth, reputedly wore
womens clothes as a disguise when this attack was
made (you could be hung for rioting in those days).
Legend has it that these clothes were borrowed from
a lady called Rebecca, hence the name Rebecca Riots.
people look at a passage in the bible where it says,
"And they blessed rebecca, and said unto her,
Thou art our sister. Be thou the mother of thousands
of millions, and let thy seed possess the gates of
those that hate them."
is entirely sure which reason for the name is true,
but both could be the right reason!
riots flared up over the period 1839 to 1842, they
stopped after two of the ring leaders were captured.
They were both found guilty and, instead of being
sentenced to death, they were sentenced to transportation:
they were sent to Australia which was a 'prison island'
at the time. According to local legend, the men laughed
when they were given this punishment.