Mounsey v Ismay: 20 Jan 1863

The inhabitants of Carlisle claimed a custom of holding horse races in May over land at Kingsmoor. The landowner’s counsel protested that the fields were arable land.
Held: Martin B: ‘It must be assumed that the custom has existed since the time of Richard the First; and why may it not have been reasonable in the then state of the land?’
A customary public right to hold horse races was not an easement within the meaning of section 2 of the Prescription Act 1832. Baron Martin said: ‘ . . we are of opinion that to bring the right within the term ‘easement’ in the second section it must be one analogous to that of a right of way which precedes it and a right of watercourse which follows it, and must be a right of utility and benefit, and not one of mere recreation and amusement.’
Martin B
(1863) 1 H and C 729, [1863] EngR 163, (1863) 1 H and C 729, (1863) 158 ER 1077
Prescription Act 1832 2
England and Wales
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Updated: 10 October 2021; Ref: scu.242322