Burying in wool act 1666

During the 17th century linen and cotton became scarce and were needed for the growing paper making industry, as well as concerns that the woollen industry was under threat. In 1666 a law was passed in England stating that only wool could be used for the burying of the dead. 200,000 pounds of linen and cotton were saved for paper. The law was repealed in 1814.

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