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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Tolldy Tollhouse

Until the late 18th century, Wales was notorious for the poor quality of its roads. In the late 18th century, local gentry began building private roads which charged tolls. The Tolldy Tollhouse (see below) was built for the collection of tolls on one of those roads. The Tolldy Tollhouse was built in 1772 at Penparcau, Aberystwyth, Dyfed and belonged to the Aberystwyth District of Cardiganshire.

The tollhouses were very unpopular with travellers, especially with farmers who used them to carry lime to their fields, and this resulted in the Rebecca Riots of 1839-1843.

Tolldy Tollhouse

The Tolldy Tollhouse is on display at the Museum of Welsh Life (aka St Fagans National History Museum). The Museum of Welsh Life is situated 4 miles west of Cardiff City Centre, just off the A4232.

Visitors to the Museum of Welsh Life may also want to visit nearby Caerphilly Castle, Caerleon Fortress Baths, Caerleon Amphitheatre or Roman Legionary Museum Caerleon.

St Fagans National History Museum
Tel: 029 2057 3500

Museum of Welsh Life Map

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