13 August 1663 A.D. Boots to Necks: “Mile Act” and “Five Mile Act”
In addition to the “Mile Act,” a further legal and repressionary refinement was the “Five Mile Act”in 1665.
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SECTION: The Restoration (1660–85)...Persecution. The Conventicle Act of 1664 punished any person over 16 years of age for attending a religious meeting not conducted according to The Book of Common Prayer. The Five Mile Act of 1665 prohibited any ejected minister from living within five miles of a corporate town or any place where he had formerly served. Still, some Puritans did not give up the idea of...
SECTION: The Restoration...of their livings. Authority in the localities was now firmly in the hands of the gentry. The Conventicle Act (1664) barred Nonconformists (Dissenters) from holding separate church services, and the Five Mile Act (1665) prohibited dispossessed ministers from even visiting their former congregations.