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The Rebecca Riots in Rhayader
« on: May 16, 2017, 10:31 PM »
So know I know why Stewie and TowerMan were so keen to come to Rhayader - their favourite tart Rebecca is from there  :031:

Of course Stewie as an intellectual powerhouse and expert on Welsh history knows very well that between 1839 and 1844 Rhayader was the scene of a number of Rebecca Riots where local tenant farmers and farm workers protested against high tolls imposed by absentee landlords (possibly English but let's not get too tribal about this) by wrecking tollgates.  This happened in many places in south, mid and west Wales.  They dressed up as women so as not to be recognised and were led by Rebecca - see www.rhayader.com for more details.

All we need now is for Rebecca to arrive in Rhayader this weekend.  We wait to see which of the Versys Gang will be wearing the dress.  :5: :152: :008:

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Re: The Rebecca Riots in Rhayader
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2017, 11:09 PM »


 Don't forget your camera, Tony. The possibilities are endless  :008: :008:.

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Re: The Rebecca Riots in Rhayader
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2017, 12:13 AM »
I recall the Rebecca riots being mentioned in school.
Dates and places do escape me though, so thank you for filling in some educational gaps.

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Re: The Rebecca Riots in Rhayader
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2017, 02:40 AM »


 ....... meanwhile off for your dress fitting  :4:

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Re: The Rebecca Riots in Rhayader
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2017, 09:03 AM »
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Re: The Rebecca Riots in Rhayader
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2017, 12:46 AM »
"The people finally decided enough was enough and took the law into their own hands; gangs were formed to destroy the tollgates. These gangs became known as 'Rebecca and her daughters'. It is believed that they took their name from a passage in the Bible, Genesis XXIV, verse 60 - 'And they blessed Rebekah and said unto her, Let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them'.

Usually at night, men dressed as women with blackened faces attacked the hated tollgates and destroyed them. A huge man, named Thomas Rees was the first 'Rebecca' and he destroyed the tollgates at Yr Efail Wen in Carmarthenshire.

Sometimes Rebecca would appear as an old blind woman who would stop at a toll-gate and say "My children, something is in my way", at which her daughters would appear and tear down the gates. And it appears that as soon as the authorities replaced them, Rebecca and her daughters would return and tear them down again.

http://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofWales/The-Rebecca-Riots/
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Re: The Rebecca Riots in Rhayader
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2017, 08:28 PM »
*Originally Posted by EasyTiger [+]
"a passage in the Bible, Genesis XXIV, verse Versys 60 - "

Think there might have a been a misspelling in the Bible, now corrected.  :015:

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