Did Oliver Cromwell Ban Mince Pies?
Where did the banning mince pies on Christmas Day come from?
It has been claimed that eating the snack is still illegal in England, if undertaken on Christmas Day.
This comes from the time of Oliver Cromwell in the 1650s, when mince pies were banned at Christmas, along with other tasty treats.
Oliver Cromwell wanted to tackle gluttony in England and he also thought that Christmas contained too many superstitions of the Roman Catholic Church, which he was not keen on of course.
The Christmas bans in 1657 didn’t go down well, causing outrage known as the Plum Pudding Riots in the Kent city in 1658.
Cromwell ended up having to send 3,000 soldiers from The Westgate Towers to break down the city gates and enforce the ban.
So is it illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas Day?
It is a myth that mince pies are banned on Christmas Day, according to BBC as it is claimed the ban didn’t survive when Charles II became king.
The Law Commission said none of the 11 laws that remained on the statute books after Cromwell’s reign related to mince pies.
However historian Mark Connelly from the University of Kent claimed the ban of eating mince pies still hasn’t been abolished.
He said: “Cromwell held that if you’re caught eating a mince pie on Christmas Day you’re definitely trying to celebrate this banned festival.”