There is a law on the statute book, passed by King Henry VIII in 1515, to the effect that all able-bodied men must carry out archery practice on Sundays.

This sort of antiquated legislation may be good for a small laugh but it does convey the impression that Britain is stuck in the past.

There should be a complete clear-out of all this sort of redundant legislation.

Why is this idea important?

By cutting through this ridiculous sort of legislative over-growth, we can start the process of rolling back the state and creating gaps where individual autonomy and independence can flourish, thus allowing all individuals to experience and to really feel the reality of much greater personal individual freedom and liberty.

Ineffectual and unenforceable laws bring the whole legal framework into disrepute.

Let's have necessary laws only on the statute book.  All the rest should go.

7 Replies to “Abolish 1515 Sunday Archery Law”

  1. This particular law has been repealed, if not by the Statute Law Revision Act 1863 then by the Betting and Gambling Act 1960. There’s still plenty of other laws about though and a Repeals Act is passed every few years to try to tidy things up.

  2. There’s nothing wrong with encouraging people to keep body and mind sharp. We may not fight with bows and arrows anymore, but it is no bad thing to stimulate all people to keep at their best in body and mind, in case of adversity. That antiquated laws are no longer enforced but not abolished expresses some deference to their wisdom. Perhaps there are some antiquated laws that don’t have much scope for modern interpretation and are damaging, but I don’t think sunday archery is one of them. It might not be necessary to enforce people by law to keep fighting fit, but it might be wise to encourage it.

  3. Eliminate unnecessary laws? Who decides which laws go or stay? I say eliminate laws that discriminate, and either enforce EVERY law or NONE of them.

  4. I love this law! My only wish is that the Gov’ enforce it. And supply the bow. This law does not harm anyone and would provide a wonderful source of active entertainment for all. But I don’t think it should discriminate against women. All able-bodied PEOPLE must carry out archery practice on Sundays. There, that’s better.

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