Vagabonds and Beggars Act 1495

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The Vagabonds and Beggars Act 1495 was an Act of Parliament passed during the reign of Henry VII. The Act stated that: vagabonds, idle and suspected persons shall be set in the stocks for three days and three nights and have none other sustenance but bread and water and then shall be put out of Town. Every beggar suitable to work shall resort to the Hundred where he last dwelled, is best known, or was born and there remain upon the pain aforesaid.[1]

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  1. ^ http://www.kingsnorton.info/time/poor_law_workhouse_timeline.htm