Top Ten Most Crazy Laws In The UK

Funny Laws in the UK
Luke Ward
|3 mins read

The United Kingdom began to update its legal system in 1965.

Over two thousand laws have been repealed since then.

But not all of them… here are some of the strange laws that are still in place today.

It’s illegal to enter the House of Parliaments wearing a suit of armor.

A 1313 Statute Forbidding Bearing of Armour, forbids members of Parliament from entering the House while wearing armor.

This particular statute was put into place after a period of political turmoil.

It’s legal to shoot a Scotsman under certain circumstances.

Only in York, the law states that it is legal to shoot a Scotsman with a crossbow upon seeing one, except for on Sundays.

However, any Scotsman caught drunk or with a weapon can still be shot on a Sunday, except with a bow and arrow.

Similarly, in Chester it is legal to shoot a Welsh person with a crossbow, as long as it is within the city walls and is done after midnight.

It’s treason to misplace a postage stamp.

Placing a postage stamp bearing the monarch’s head upside down on an envelope is considered as act of treason.

Also, defacing or destroying anything bearing a likeness of the monarch is illegal, which means burning paper money, bending coins or tearing a stamp apart.

It’s illegal to gamble in a library.

The Library Offenses Act of 1898 makes it illegal to gamble in a library.

The law also prohibits abusive or obscene language.

So I guess that would include online gambling on the computers too.

Trespassing is okay for certain people.

Trespassing is illegal, except by huers and baulkers. An Act of 1603 comes from an ancient custom in Cornwall.

People known as huers and baulkers would stand on the cliffs and shout to fishing boats, directing them toward schools of fish.

The Act gives those on the cliffs the right of entry onto the lands of others, and a defense against trespassing.

It’s against the law to shake a carpet.

Under the Metropolitan Police Act of 1839, it’s illegal to beat or shake a mat, carpet, or a rug in the streets of London.

The only time you may beat them, is before 8am. So set your alarm – you’ve been warned!

You can’t use a cow, horse, or steam engine while drunk.

Think you can’t get a DUI for drunken horse riding? Think again.

The Licensing Act of 1872 explains that operating a cow, horse or steam engine while intoxicated carries either a prison sentence or a fine.

It’s illegal to handle salmon in suspicious circumstances.

This is a recent law, which is even more absurd.

But under the Salmon Act of 1986, it is an offence to receive or dispose of salmon under suspicious circumstances.

Officers have a right to investigate if they reasonable believe that the salmon has been illegally fished.

All beaches whales and sturgeons belong to the reigning monarch.

By the law from Edward II in 1324, all sturgeons and whales should be offered to the reigning monarch in case they want them.

Along with dolphins and porpoises, they are considered royal fish and any captured within 3 miles of shore, or wash ashore, should be first offered to the crown.

It’s illegal to carry a plank along the pavement.

Another law from the Metropolitan Police Act, it is an offence to carry a plank on the sidewalk.

This Act also includes flying kites on the street and sliding on ice on the sidewalk.

 

Well there are some stupid laws from the U.K. I can proudly say I have broken four of the laws above :)

If you know of any more please leave them in a comment!

In York it is perfectly legal to shoot a Scotsman with a crossbow upon seeing one, except for on Sundays.