Illegal mince pies?

Illegal mince pies?

The British Legal system only began to update in 1965 but before that there were many laws still in place that, while perfectly reasonable at the time, sound utterly ridiculous now! We’ve picked out the best ones for you to enjoy.

1. It was illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament – simply because if you did you would become under the jurisdiction of the royal coroner and could have been entitled a state funeral.

2. It was also illegal to enter Parliament wearing a suit of armour…

3. In the Cathedral Close of Hereford and within the city walls of Chester it is legal to shoot a Welshman with a long bow. It is also legal to shoot a Scotsman within the city walls of York, providing he is carrying a bow and arrow, except on Sundays of course! These laws were made to keep out Welsh and Scottish invasions before Britain became united as one.

4. It is still legal for a pregnant woman to relieve herself wherever she wants – including in a policeman’s helmet should she have the urge!

5. You cannot enter the hull of the Titanic under the Protection of Wrecks order 2003 without permission of the secretary for state.

6. In Scotland, it is an offence to be drunk whilst in charge of a cow. This law also applies to horses and steam engines across the rest of the country under the Licencing Act 1872.  

7. You must carry a bale of hay in your vehicle at all times, why? To feed the horse of course!

8. In London it is illegal for cab drivers to transport rabid dogs and corpses…

9. Polish potatoes are illegal in England… no seriously, under the Polish Potatoes (Notification) in England Order 2004, “No person shall, in the course of business, import into England potatoes which he knows to be or has reasonable cause to suspect to be Polish potatoes.”

10. It is illegal to gamble in a library as of 1898 – internet gambling is off the cards then! The same law prohibits “abusive or obscene language” in there too.

11. You could be breaking the law if you have a pigsty in front of your house, unless it is duly hidden. As good of an excuse as any to keep your front garden nice and tidy!

12. It is illegal to beat or shake your carpet, mat or rug. You may beat your doormat but only before 8 in the morning!

13. Any washing line that is put up across a street is an illegal erection.

14. It was illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas day – we found this hard to believe too, but Oliver Cromwell actually banned these yummy treats when he was attempting to tackle rising gluttony.

15. All dead beached whales must be offered to the monarch before you can do anything else with them. Realistically, the royal family have no interest in beached whales, your best bet should you ever come across such a sad sight would be to contact the Natural History Museum or the police.

16. The death sentence still applies if you poach a royal deer or allow your pet to mate with a pet from the royal household without due permission. Note to self – don’t take the dog for a walk around St. James’ Park any time soon!

17. It is still illegal to eat Mute Swan as they belong to the Queen and only she is legally allowed to eat them, weirdly you are an exception if you are a guest of St. John’s College in Cambridge though.

18. The royal family are forbidden from marrying Catholics – clearly created when Henry VIII disowned the Catholic Church and created the Church of England, although it’s hard to imagine this being enforced today.

19. It is illegal to sew the royal coat of arms onto a bed quilt. Go figure!

By Sophie Atherton @SophAthers

  1. by Gogol 21st Feb 2014 22:06

    Just one more, it is illegal for women to eat chocolate in public!

  2. by Gogol 21st Feb 2014 22:07

    Just wanted to make it even

  3. by KiltyCol 22nd Feb 2014 20:13

    The reason for these stupid laws, is that stupid people disobey sensible laws.

  4. by KiltyCol 22nd Feb 2014 20:15

    19 stupid British laws
    by Female First » 28 Mar 2013 11:08

    Why is it illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas Day? And why is it legal to shoot some people with a bow and arrow? Read on to find out... Read more...
    Female First





    The reason for these stupid laws, is that stupid people disobey sensible laws.

  5. by KiltyCol 22nd Feb 2014 20:17

    [quote="Female First]» 28 Mar 2013 11:08
    Why is it illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas Day? And why is it legal to shoot some people with a bow and arrow? Read on to find out... Read more...[/quote]



    The reason for these stupid laws, is that stupid people disobey sensible laws.

  6. by KiltyCol 22nd Feb 2014 20:18

    [quote=Female First] » 28 Mar 2013 11:08
    Why is it illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas Day? And why is it legal to shoot some people with a bow and arrow? Read on to find out... Read more...[/quote]

    The reason for these stupid laws, is that stupid people disobey sensible laws.

  7. by Katelyn3 10th Mar 2014 15:58

    I was already aware with most of the laws but some of them are totally new to me, especially number 7 and number 12.

  8. by RemovalMan 11th Mar 2014 00:41

    I was already aware with most of the laws but some of them are totally new to me, especially number 7 and number 12.

  9. by andrew thompson 27th Jul 2014 08:08

    in Victoria, until 1996 all motor vehicles needed a person 50 yards in front of the car with a red flag or lantern at night... to warn people with horses, and it was illegal in a town or city to refuse a passerby access to your toilet. well you dont want people crapping in the street!

  10. by andrew thompson 27th Jul 2014 08:11

    oh and california has the best crazy law ever! a woman i a bikini is only allowed to walk on a californian highway if accompanied by 2 men armed with clubs.....

  11. by andrew thompson 27th Jul 2014 08:11

    IN!

  12. by andrew thompson 27th Jul 2014 08:12

    sorry its "Two armed men or she has a club."

  13. by Suzy Garrison 03rd Aug 2014 01:09

    It reminds me of when New York City made it illegal to sell soft drinks over a certain size. The mayor was trying to fight obesity.

  14. by Lindsay Gough 03rd Aug 2014 02:16

    Number 18 is no longer the case. Camilla is a Catholic.

  15. by Roy 22nd Sep 2015 08:26

    Number 7 is in fact an urban myth and not true. The only time there has been a law in the UK that comes even close is a law created for hansom cab drivers which stated that they must carry provision to feed their horse and clean up after them.

  16. by Roy 22nd Sep 2015 08:27

    Number 7 is an urban myth and does not exist.

  17. by Roy 22nd Sep 2015 08:28

    True, but not quite accurate. It is unlawful for a female to eat chocolate whilst traveling on public transport.

    Also, did you know that there is a local bye-law in Liverpool that states that no woman should appear topless in public unless working behind the counter in a tropical fish store.

  18. by Roy 22nd Sep 2015 08:32

    Number 3 no longer applies, those local bye-laws were rescinded recently (can't remember exactly when but within the last 10yrs). he reason they existed was because those towns/cities were holding areas for prisoners from the various wars we took part in against wales and Scotland, the prisons were overflowing so they gave the prisoners a choice to either be executed or become servants for prosperous citizens with a curfew, they added the law to enforce that curfew and it only ever applied to legally appointed members of the local militia.

  19. by Roy 22nd Sep 2015 08:34

    In Texas (if I remember correctly) there is a law that states if two trains are approaching each other on the same track then both trains must stop and neither train may pass the other until the other has passed it. They have to get cranes out to lift the trains off of the rail to solve that one lol