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Fine of 10 shillings if you don't sweep your house front

The FT joins other commentators in regretting the removal of old laws from the statute book. It believes many could be doctored to address contemporary issues. They particularly like the Streets (London) Act of 1696, which tells London residents to sweep the street in front of their houses on Wednesday and Saturday mornings or be fined 10 shillings. “The Law Commission wants it repealed as London boroughs are now in charge of street cleaning. But with council grants being cut, a bit of private cleanliness cannot hurt,” muses the writer.

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