[8 April, 1644.]
Forasmuch as the Lords-day, notwithstanding several good
Lawes heretofore made, hath been not onely greatly prophaned,
but divers ungodly Books have been published by the Prelatical
Faction, against the morality of that day, and to countenance
the prophanation of the same, to the manifest indangering of
souls, prejudice of the true Religion, great dishonour of Almighty
God, and provocation of his just wrath and indignation against
Former Lawes to be put in execution.; Selling of Wares forbidden.; Travel and worldly labour.
The Lords and Commons for remedy thereof, do Order and
Ordam, and be it Ordered and Ordained, That all the Lawes
Enacted and in force, concerning the observation of the Lordsday, be carefully put in execution; and that all and singular
person and persons whatsoever, shall on every Lords-day, apply
themselves to the sanctification of the same, by exercising themselves thereon, in the duties of Piety and true Religion, publickly
and privately: And that no person or persons whatsoever, shall
publickly cry, shew forth or expose to sale, any Wares, Merchandizes, Fruit, Herbs, Goods or Chattels whatsoever, upon the
Lords day, or any part thereof; upon pain, That every person so
offending, shall forfeit the same Goods so cryed, shewed forth, or
put to sale: And that no person or persons whatsoever shall,
without reasonable cause for the same, travel, carry burthens, or
do any worldly labours, or work whatsoever, on that day, or
any part thereof; upon pain, That every one travelling contrary
to the meaning of this Ordinance, shall forfeit for every offence,
ten shillings of lawfull money; and that every person carrying
any burthen, or doing any worldly labour or work, contrary to
the meaning thereof, shall forfeit five shillings of like money for
every such offence.
Recreations and Pastimes.
And be it further Ordained, That no person or persons shall
hereafter upon the Lords-day, use, exercise, keep, maintain, or be
present at any wrastlings, Shooting, Bowling, Ringing of Bells for
Pleasure or Pastime, Masque, Wake, otherwise called Feasts,
Church-Ale, Dancing, Games, Sport or Pastime whatsoever; upon
pain, That every person so offending, being above the age of fourteen years, shall lose, and forfeit five shillings for every such offence.
Children committing the said Offences.
And be it further Ordained, That all and singular person and
persons, that have the care, government, tuition or education of
any childe or children, under, or within the age of fourteen years
shall forfeit and lose twelve pence for every of the said offence
that shall be committed by any such childe and children.
May-poles shall be removed.
And because the prophanation of the Lords-day hath been
heretofore greatly occasioned by May-Poles, (a Heathenish vanity,
generally abused to superstition and wickedness.) The Lords
and Commons do further Order and Ordain, That all and singular
May-Poles, that are, or shall be erected, shall be taken down and
removed by the Constables, Borsholders, Tything-men, petty
Constables, and Churchwardens of the Parishes, and places where
the same be: And that no May-Pole shall be hereafter set up,
erected, or suffered to be within this Kingdome of England, or
Dominion of Wales.
Forfeiture for neglect.
And it is further Ordained, That if any of the said Officers
shall neglect to do their Office in the Premisses, within one week
after the notice of this Ordinance, every of them, for such neglect
shall forfeit Five shillings of lawfull Moneys; and so from week
to week, weekly Five shillings more afterwards, till the said MayPole shall be taken down, and removed.
Stocks.; How the penalties shall be imployed.
And that if any Justice of the Peace of the County, or the
chief Officer or Officers, or any Justice of the Peace, of, or within
any City, Borough, or Town-Corporate, where the said offences
shall be committed, upon his or their view, or confession of the
party, or proof of any one, or more witnesses by Oath (which the
said Justice, chief Officer or Officers, is by this Ordinance authorized to minister) shall find any Person offending in the Premisses,
the said Justice, or chief Officer or Officers, shall give Warrant
under His or their Hand and Seal, to the Constables or Churchwardens of the Parish or Parishes where such offence shall be
committed, to seize the said Goods, cryed, shewed forth, or put
to sale as aforesaid; and to levy the said other Forfeitures or
Penalties by way of Distress and Sale of the Goods of every such
Offender, rendring to the said Offenders the over-plus of the
money raised thereby; and in default of such distress, or in case
of insufficiency, or inability of the offender to pay the said Forfeitures or Penalties, That the party offending be set publiquely
in the Stocks by the space of three hours: And all and singular
the Forfeitures and Penalties aforesaid, shall be imployed and
converted to the use of the Poor of the Parish where the said
offences shall be committed, saving onely, that it shall and may
be lawfull, to, and for any such Justice, Major, or Head-Officer or
Officers, out of the said Forfeitures or Penalties, to reward any
person or persons that shall inform of any offence against this
Ordinance, according to their discretions; so as such reward
exceed not the third part of the Forfeiture or Penalties.
Declaration for Sports to be burnt.
And it is further Ordained by the said Lords and Common
The the Kings Declaration concerning observing of Wakes, and
use of exercise and recreation upon the Lords Day; the Book
intituled, The Kings Majesties Declaration to his Subjects,
concerning lawfull Sports to be used; and all other books and
Pamphlets that have been, or shall be Written, Printed, or
Published, against the Morality of the fourth Commandement, or
of the Lords Day, or to counterance the prophanation thereof, be
called in, seized, suppressed, and publiquely burnt by the Justices
of Peace, or some, on one of them, or by the chief Officer or
Officers aforesaid, in their several Limits, or by their warrant or
Dressing meat in private Families, Innes, &c.
Provided, and be it Declared, That nothing in this Ordinance
shall extend to the prohibiting of dressing of Meat in private
Families, or the dressing and sale of Victuals in a moderate way
in Innes or Victualling-houses, for the use of such as cannot
otherwise be provided for; or to the crying or selling milk
before Nine of the Clock in the Morning, or after four of the
Clock in the Afternoon, from the Tenth of September till the
Tenth of March; or before Eight of the Clock in the Morning,
or after Five of the Clock in the Afternoon, from the Tenth of
March till the Tenth of September.
Laws against Rogues and Vagabonds to be executed.
And whereas there is great breach of the Sabbath, by Rogues,
Vagabonds, and Beggars, It is further Ordained, That the Lord
Major of the City of London, and all Justices of Peace, Constables,
Churchwardens, and other Officers and Ministers whatsoever,
shall from time to time, cause all Laws against Rogues, and
Vagabonds, and Beggars, to be put in due execution; and take
order, that all Rogues, Vagabonds, and Beggars do on every
Sabbath-Day repair to some Church and Chappel, and remain
there soberly and orderly, during the time of Divine-Worship.
And that all and singular Person and Persons, that shall do any
thing in the execution of this Ordinance, shall be protected and
saved harmless by the Power and Authority of Parliament.
This Ord. to be printed and published.
And be it further Ordained, That this Ordinance be Printed
and published, and read in all Parish Churches and Chappels,
before the Sermon in the Morning, on some Lords-Day, before
the First of May next, on the South-side of Trent; and before
the First of June next, on the North-side of Trent.