1555 Poor Act

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The Poor Act of 1555 was a law passed in England by Queen Mary I.[1] It is a part of the Tudor Poor Laws.

It extended the Poor Act of 1552 and added a provision that licensed beggars must wear badges. The provision requiring badges was added to shame local community members into donating more alms to their parish for poor relief.[2]


  1. ^ 2 & 3 Ph. & M. c. 5
  2. ^ Paul Slack, The English Poor Law 1531-1782 59--60