1. In 1307 any whale washed up on the shore belonged to the king.
2. It became illegal to carry a plank along a London pavement in 1839. This is still in force.
3. A law of 1541 required every Englishman between the ages of 17 and 60 to keep a longbow and practise archery.
4. The Puritans, led by Oliver Cromwell in the 1600s, banned the celebration of Christmas.
5. The Town Police Clauses Act of 1847 banned people from sliding on ice or snow.
6. The Town Police Clauses Act of 1847 also outlawed shaking a carpet in the street.
7. It was against the law in Puritan times to go for a walk on a Sunday, unless to church.
8. In 1774 it was an offence to keep more than one lunatic without a licence for a madhouse.
9. The Salmon Act of 1986 states that it is illegal to ‘handle salmon in suspicious circumstances’.
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