The Corn Riots in Wales, 1793-1801
On Friday night were executed on Cardiff Heath, pursuant to their sentence, Samuel Hill and Aaron Williams, two of the Merthyr rioters, who had been capitally convicted at the late Great Sessions of the County of Glamorgan. – They both behaved with the greatest penitence, and seemed fully confident, through the merits of their Redeemer, of having had pardon and forgiveness. – Aaron Williams, during the course of his prayers, before they were turned off, observed “that they were going to suffer for hundreds,” Samuel Hill replied, “yes, for thousands, but I never knew so happy a day as this in the course of my life.”
Shrewsbury Chronicle, 29 May 1801.
THE RIGHT TO BE FED
113 At his trial, Samuel Hill. one of the Merthyr rioters, justified his action on the grounds that ''he had a right to be fed''. See Records - N.L.W.. Tredegar Park Muniments. Box 64/356 . What did they do? 130 At Merthyr Tydfil two of the rioters, Aaron Williams and Samuel Hill, were hanged, and a young man of 18 years sentenced to transportation for life.131
PART 3: THE EXECUTION SITE. Info below from Cardiff History Web Site.
Saturday, 30 January 2010
Any self-respecting story blog should include a little bit of history, so here's an interesting fact about the point where Crwys Road, Mackintosh Place, Albany Road, City Road and Richmond Road converge, a spot known locally as 'Death Junction' (see below for a photo). I always thought the junction got its morbid nickname from the chaotic traffic (anyone who's driven there will know it can get a bit dodgy, especially at rush hour), but a small plaque I noticed on the wall of the NatWest revealed something a lot more intriguing: