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A close-up view of a barbed wire. Author: درفش کاویانی.

Roll of modern agricultural barbed wire. Author: Logan King.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The Barbed Wire Act 1893 (56 & 57 Vict. c. 32) was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

The law[edit | edit source]

It provided that where barbed wire was placed adjoining a highway in such a manner as to which pose a danger to people or animals using the highway, then the local authority was empowered to demand its removal; and if the owner of the wire failed to remove it, they could apply for a court order, and if this failed they were empowered to remove it themselves and charge any expenses to the owner.

Obsolescence[edit | edit source]

The Act has since been repealed by various legislation, predominantly by the Highways Act 1959.

Also see[edit | edit source]

  1. United Kingdom
  2. Significant government legislation

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. Barbed Wire Act, 1893". The Harmsworth Encyclopedia, 1904
  2. Chronological table of the statutes; HMSO, London. 1993.
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