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Past Lives

Jon Bauckham relives the Rebecca Riots – when angry men donned dresses to rally against inequality in 19th-century Wales

REBECCA RUNS RIOT IN RURAL WALES

HISTORY THROUGH THE EYES OF OUR ANCESTORS

Late one night in August 1843, William Rees was rudely awoken by knocking on the door of his tollhouse at Trevaughan Turnpike Gate, in Carmarthenshire. It wasn’t that unusual for him to be disturbed while trying to get some kip, as he was tasked with collecting money from travellers making their way along the bumpy road to St Clears.

But when William opened the door, he found himself surrounded by an angry mob, with three guns pressed against his chest.

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The April 2016 issue of History Revealed.