12 of the weirdest unknown bylaws in Leeds that are still in place today

Leeds is home to some unusual bylaws that are still in place today - including ones about riding bulls in the streets and playing gramophones too loudly.

By Rebecca Marano
Friday, 9th August 2019, 7:37 pm
12 of the weirdest unknown bylaws in Leeds that are still in place today
12 of the weirdest unknown bylaws in Leeds that are still in place today

The 'byelaws for the good rule and government of the City of Leeds" was made for the "prevention of nuisances" by the Council of the City in pursuance of Section 235 of the Local Government Act 1972. Here are some of the unknown, and most unusual, bylaws in place across the city.

No person shall drive or lead, or cause to be driven or led, in any street or public place, any bull exceeding the age of ten months, unless it be properly secured and kept under proper control.
There is a bylaw which states you cannot sell condoms or contraceptives in vending machines in the streets. This is why you always find them in toilets.

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No person shall throw or let off any firework, stink-bomb or similar article, or squirt, spray or otherwise throw or scatter any offensive liquid, powder or substance in any place the public is.
There is a bylaw that says no one can sing loudly within 100 metres of a house or office if they have been asked to stop. This doesn't apply to 'properly conducted religious services' unless someone living nearby is ill.
There is a bylaw that says that any mud, clay, lime or other material that falls from your car onto the highway must be removed from the road. This includes trailers and agricultural vehicles.
You are not allowed to play music or a noisy instrument within 100 metres of a hospital after being asked to stop by a patient, staff or police.
Make sure you don't get your gramophone out in the streets any time between 8am and 9pm.
The bylaws state that no one should persistently loiter near the entrance of a church and annoy anyone who may be going into.
We hope everyone already knows this bylaw. It states: "No person shall urinate or defecate in any street or public place."
It states: "No person shall sound or play upon any musical or noisy instrument or sing in any street or public place within 100 metres of any place of public worship."
The bylaw states that no one shall "continuously shout" in the streets between 11pm and 6am "to the disturbance or annoyance of residents."
The bylaw states: "No person shall in any public place keep a shooting-gallery, swing-boat, roundabout so as to cause obstruction or danger to the traffic in such street or public place."