Narbeth Lock-up




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Alternative Names   Rebecca's Cell

Nation   Wales

County   Pembrokeshire

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.'

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  • Exterior. Yellow sign to the right-hand side of building, which says 'Rebecca's Cell', marks the location of the lock-up.Photo © Jo Turner (cc-by-sa/2.0)

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)


    British Listed Buildings, 'Town Hall, Narbeth', CADW ID 6481

  • Roy's Blog, 'WALES. Lock-ups at Llangollen, Narberth, Ruabon and Pwllheli.' (08 July 2013)



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