|Wooden monument to the Daughters of Rebecca|
On 13 May 1839 a group of men wearing women's dresses and with blackened faces smashed the Efail-wen [pronounced Evile-wen] tollgate and disappeared into the night. The same thing happened all over south-west Wales, but the ringleaders were never identified.
|Plaque on entrance to Carmarthen Workhouse|
Some of the Rebecca rioters were arrested and imprisoned or transported, but it forced the government to call a Commission of Enquiry. The result was that in 1844 all the turnpike trusts within each shire were amalgamated and tolls on lime, which was a vital commodity, were reduced by half.
Rebecca's Daughters won in the end.