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Private Property and Abuse of Rights in Victorian England
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Private Property and Abuse of Rights in Victorian England: The Story of Edward Pickles and the Bradford Water Supply

Michael Taggart


The case of The Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of the Borough of Bradford v Pickles was the first to establish the principle that it is not unlawful for a property owner — in this case, Edward Pickles — to exercise his property rights maliciously and to the detriment of others or the public interest. Though controversial at the time, today it is often invisible and taken for granted. This book explores why the common law, in contrast to civil law systems, developed in this way. During the industrial revolution, the town of Bradford in England, and with it the demand for water for industrial and ... More

Keywords: Edward Pickles, Bradford, property rights, litigation, common law, water rights, water supply, England, property, abuse of rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199256877
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256877.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Taggart, author
Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, The University of Auckland