SUNDAY LAWS IN GEORGIAN ENGLAND
by Ron Dale
The following bye-
NO DROVER, horse courier, wagonner, butcher, higler, or their servants, shall travel on Sunday. Punishment: 21s. or in default 2 hours in Stocks.
NO FRUIT, herbs or goods of any kind shall be cried or exposed for sale on a Sunday. Goods will be forfeited.
NO SHOEMAKER shall expose for sale any boots or shoes on Sunday.Fine: 3s.4d. per pair and goods seized.
ANY PERSON offending against these Laws are to be prosecuted, except BUTCHERS who may sell meat up to 9 o’clock in the morning and at which time all Barbers are to be shut up and no business done after that time.
NO PERSON without a reasonable excuse shall be absent from some place of divine worship on a Sunday.
Fine: 1s. to the poor.
These laws were enforced and the town Constable would be around on Sundays to enforce them. How different today!
Ron Dale, May, 2017
1: Fragments of Country Life When George III was King, Alfred Kingston, Royston, 1886