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Five Mile Act

The Five Mile Act, 17 Charles II c. 2, (1665), was one of the English penal laws that sought to enforce conformity to the established Church of England. It forbade nonconformists from living in incorporated and chartered towns.

For more information, see Conventicle Act.

(The '16 Charles II c. 2' nomenclature is reference to the statute book of the numbered year of the reign of the named King in the stated chapter. This is the method used for Acts of Parliament from before 1962.

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