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The sign refers to the “Vagrancy Act 1824” which was introduced to deal with specific problems in England following the Napoleonic Wars. Many soldiers were discharged and had no jobs and no accommodation and at the same time there were a large number of economic migrants from Ireland and Scotland who had travelled to England, and especially London, in search of work.

As a result The Vagrancy Act of 1824 was introduced which made it an offence to sleep on the streets or to beg.

The Act was amended several times, most notably by the Vagrancy Act of 1838 which included several new public order offences.

The Vagrancy Act 1824 is still in force in the both England and Wales and Ireland today, although it is much amended by subsequent legislation.

Alport vagabond sign
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