Five Mile Act 1665

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The Five Mile Act, or Oxford Act, or Nonconformists Act 1665, is an Act of the Parliament of England (17 Charles II c. 2), passed in 1665 with the long title "An Act for restraining Non-Conformists from inhabiting in Corporations". It was one of the English penal laws that sought to enforce conformity to the established Church of England, and to expel any who did not conform. It forbade clergymen from living within five miles (8 km) of a parish from which they had been expelled, unless they swore an oath never to resist the king, or attempt to alter the government of Church or State. The latter involved swearing to obey the 1662 prayer book. Thousands of ministers were deprived under this act.

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  • Hutton, Ronald (1989). Charles II, King of England, Scotland, and Ireland. Oxford: Clarendon Press. pp. 228–229. ISBN 0-19-822911-9.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • 'Charles II, 1665: An Act for restraining Non-Conformists from inhabiting in Corporations.', Statutes of the Realm: volume 5: 1628-80 (1819), p. 575. URL: Date accessed: 6 March 2007.