Conventicles Act 1670

The Conventicles Act 1670 is an Act of the Parliament of England (22 Car. II. c. 1) with the long title "An Act to prevent and suppress Seditious Conventicles".[2] The Act imposed a fine on any person who attended a conventicle (any religious assembly other than the Church of England) of five shillings for the first offence and ten shillings for a second offence. Any preacher or person who allowed their house to be used as a meeting house for such an assembly could be fined 20 shillings and 40 shillings for a second offence.[3]

Conventicle Act 1670
Long titleAn Act to prevent and suppress Seditious Conventicles
Citation22 Charles II c. 1
Status: Repealed
Text of statute as originally enacted
A Covenanters Conventicle.[1]


  1. ^ Lawson 1885, p. 49.
  2. ^ Raithby 1819, pp. 648–651.
  3. ^ Noorthouck 1773, pp. 230–255.


  • Lawson, Rev. R. (1885). Maybole Past and Present. J. & R. Parlane. p. 49.
  • Noorthouck, John (1773). "Book 1, Chapter 15: From the Fire to the death of Charles II". A New History of London: Including Westminster and Southwark. pp. 230–255.
  • Raithby, John, ed. (1819). Charles II, 1670: An Act to prevent and suppress Seditious Conventicles. Statutes of the Realm (1628–80). Vol. 5. pp. 648–651.