That was the law
The Larceny Act 1867
50. Whosoever shall break and enter any church chapel meeting-house or other place of divine worship and commit any felony therein or being in any church chapel meeting-house or other place of divine worship shall commit any felony therein and break out of the same shall be guilty of felony and being convicted thereof shall be liable at the discretion of the Court to be kept in penal servitude for life or for any term not less than three years or to be imprisoned for any term not exceeding two years with or without hard labour and with or without solitary confinement.
The Act was repealed by the Criminal Code Act 1893. Section 50 was re-enacted as s251, with a maximum penalty of 14 years’ imprisonment with hard labour. A separate offence for crimes on religious properties disappeared with the Crimes Act 1908. It was in force for 41 years.
The Police Offences Act 1927
3. Every person is liable to a fine not exceeding five pounds who –
(w) Rolls any cask, beats any carpet, flies any kite, uses any bows and arrows, or catapult, or shanghai, or plays at any game to the annoyance of any person in any public place, or obstructs any public place whether by allowing any cart or animal to remain across such public place, or by placing goods thereon, or otherwise;”
18. (1) Every person is liable to a fine of five pounds who on Sunday in or in view of any public place, trades, works at his trade or calling, deals, transacts business, sells goods, or exposes goods for sale.”
27 (1) Every person is liable to a fine not exceeding ten pounds who sells, gives, or supplies any cigarette, cigar, or tobacco in any form to any youth under the age of fifteen years.
(3) No youth shall be convicted under this section for using or smoking tobacco, cigars, or cigarettes if he produces a certificate of a legally qualified medical practitioner to the effect that the using or smoking of tobacco, cigars or cigarettes is beneficial to the health of such youth; and no person shall be liable to conviction for supplying tobacco, cigars, or cigarettes to any youth to whom such medical practitioner has given a certificate as aforesaid.”
The Act was repealed as of 1 February 1982 by the Summary Offences Act 1981 (ss12 and 13 of that Act are relevant to s3(w) above, and sale of tobacco to someone under 18 is illegal under the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990, but with no age restriction on who can smoke). It was in force for 55 years.
Last updated on the 17th March 2016