Ratfink Post time: 2015-5-12 00:35
It's from the book Observations on the Popular Antiquities of Great Britain by John Brand, publish ...
It was not just mince pies ( at that time they had meat in, nowadays mince pies have fruit in them ) the puritanical Cromwell banned many things and Xmas day 1644 people were ordered to fast and not feast
1584austin Post time: 2015-5-12 01:04
Most are just old 18th-19th Centaury laws
Like, until 1976 all Taxis in London must have carried ...
A couple of more from the the 18th and 19th century
Many rules brought in by the Metropolitan Police Act 1839 have since been repealed or revised by newer laws. One which hasn’t, however, makes it illegal to beat or shake any carpet rug or mat in any street in the Metropolitan Police District
Also under the Metropolitan Police Act 1839, it is illegal to erect a washing line across any “thoroughfares” in the city
Seen by many as a harmless (if annoying) children’s game, knocking on someone’s door and running away is actually illegal under the 1839 law. It makes it an offence to 'wilfully and wantonly disturb any inhabitant by pulling or ringing any door-bell or knocking at any door without lawful excuse'
Again under the Metropolitan Police Act 1839, it is illegal to “sing any profane, indecent, or obscene song or ballad” in the street. Bad news for stag parties and football fans, then