Highways Act 1562

The Highways Act 1562 (5 Eliz. I c. 13), sometimes the Second Statute of Highways, was an Act of the Parliament of England, that was passed in 1563, which extended the provisions of the Highways Act 1555.

Highways Act 1562
Act of Parliament
Citation5 Eliz. I c. 13
Royal assent1653
Other legislation
AmendsHighways Act 1555
Repealed byHighways Act 1766
Status: Repealed


The Highways Act 1555 was an Act, passed in 1555 during the reign of Queen Mary I, which mandated that every householder of a parish had to provide four days labour in a year on the highways.

The ActEdit

The Act amended the original Act by extending the provisions for a further twenty years, and made the requirement six days labour rather than four. Supervisors of highway work were empowered to take debris from quarries and dig for gravel without permission of the landowners. The Act also empowered Justices of the Peace at Quarter Sessions to investigate and punish supervisors in cases where they were in dereliction of their duties, imposing fines as thought to be necessary.[1]


It was repealed by section 57 of the Highways Act 1766 (7 Geo. III c. 42).


  1. ^ Tanner 1951, p. 499.


  • Tanner, J. R. (1951). Tudor Constitutional Documents, AD 1485-1603. Cambridge University Press.