Englishmen in old York lose their rights

The Welsh and Scottish can breathe a sigh of relief, thanks to the House of Lords launching a spring clean of the statute books.

The Lords is looking to repeal all or part of the 328 acts that it says have been “masquerading as live laws”.

Most of the amendments will remove obsolete laws about workhouses and having to pay a toll to cross a turnpike, although others may change the rights of the English.

As it stands, an Englishman in York can get away with murdering a Scotsman within the city’s ancient walls, butonly if he is carrying a bow and arrow; while in Hereford, he may not shoot a Welsh person on Sunday with a longbow in the Cathedral Close.

But there are some obscure laws the Lords should keep. How about the law passed in 1837 that allows women to bite off a man’s nose if he kisses her against her will?Get the latest news and an irreverent commentary delivered to your desktop every day by subscribing to Lawyer News Daily.