Although not enforced in modern times, this law is still on the books. In fact, there is an annual ceremony of the Constable’s Dues, where the Royal Navy moors one of its boats alongside the Tower Pier and the captain delivers his “tax”.
The Licensing Act of 1872 stipulates that operating a cow, horse or steam engine while intoxicated carries either a prison sentence or a fine. It allegedly carries a penalty fine of up to 1,200 GBP excluding the costs of looking after the cow, horse, etc. So when you go out cow-tipping, just make sure not […]
Any person found breaking a boiled egg at the sharp end will be sentenced to 24 hours in the village stocks (enacted by Edward VI). This is another law that was likely still on the books until a massive “cleanup” of archaic laws in 2012.