Alternative Names Rebecca's Cell
Location Old Town Hall, High Street Narbeth
Map location exact or closely approximate
Year opened early 19th century
Year closed unknown
Century of Operation 1800-1899
Building Type Town Hall
'Though to be of C18 origin but largely rebuilt early C19; clock tower and upper storey added c1912. 3 storey 2 window gabled front bearing clock tower. Squared rubble laid to courses, dressed quoins. Moderately pitched slate roof, plain close eaves. Pyramidic roof to rectangular bellcote, splayed foot. Twin louvres. Squat base drops down to form apron with clock bearing arches recess on front gable. [...] Doorways lead to vaulted passage, with open segmental arch to rear. Vaulted chamber alongside former town lock-up. Vaulted with barred windows to front and flank. Later converted to use as cistern, drinking fountain inserted with small brick arch (now removed).'
' In 1833 the building was noted as a lock-up house with a room over it used as a magistrates court and parish meeting hall. A clock tower was added in 1881 and the top floor was added in 1912. The lock-up is known as 'Rebecca's Cell' recalling riots in the area between 1839 and 1844 which began as a protest against the increase in the number of toll gates on local roads and were said to have been instigated by a local men dressed as woman and inspired by the biblical story of Rebekah. It is said that the leaders of the riots were detained in this lock-up.'
Description: Exterior. Yellow sign to the right-hand side of building, which says 'Rebecca's Cell', marks the location of the lock-up.
Photo by: Photo © Jo Turner (cc-by-sa/2.0)