10 Strange Laws In The UK

  1. No cows may be driven down the roadway between 10 AM and 7 PM unless there is prior approval from the Commissioner of Police.   (Metropolitan Streets Act of 1867)
  2. It is illegal to gamble, use obscene or abusive language. (The Library Offences Act of 1898)
  3. No unauthorised persons may discharge cannons within 300 yards of a dwelling (The Metropolitan Police Act of 1839)
  4. To keep, use or act in the management of any house, room, pit or other place for the purpose of fighting or baiting lions bears or other animals ( The Metropolitan Police Act of 1839)
  5. Women can scold feely. (The Criminal Law Act 1967 repealed the 1585 law which made it illegal for a woman to cause a nuisance with argumentative language)
  6. Hanging out washing or shaking doormats in a public street after 08:00. (The Town Police Clauses Act of 1847)
  7. Failing to offer any whalebone or sturgeon to the crown: Prerogativa Regis 1324;
  8. Driving a cow, steam engine or horse whilst drunk: (The Licensing Act of 1872)
  9. London hackney carriages failing to carry a bale of hay and a sack of oats, a plague sufferer hailing a taxi or carrying corpses or rabid dogs (London Byelaws)
  10. Failing to hang straw bales from Barnes Railway Bridge during repair (London Byelaw 29)