Seekings v Clarke: 1961

Lord Parker CJ said: ‘It is perfectly clear that anything which substantially prevents the public from having free access over the whole of the highway which is not purely temporary in nature is an unlawful obstruction’.


Lord Parker CJ


(1961) 59 LGR 268

Cited by:

CitedMear and others v Cambridgeshire County Council ChD 20-Oct-2006
The claimants sought a declaration that a path over neighbouring land was a public vehicular highway as recorded by the respondents, and not a footpath as asserted by the owners, and that gates over the path infringed the public rights. The council . .
CitedSmith, Regina (on the Application of) v The Land Registry (Peterborough Office) Admn 13-Feb-2009
The applicant sought judicial review of the cancellation of his application for first registration of land by adverse possession. The application had been rejected because a public right of way existed through it, and the claimant had not shown the . .
AppliedTorbay Borough Council v Cross QBD 1995
The highway was 15 metres wide and pedestrianised. Shop owners displayed goods outside their shops, projecting no more than five percent of the total width of the road. The magistrates acquitted them of obstruction.
Held: The appeal was . .
CitedHerrick and Another v Kidner and Another Admn 17-Feb-2010
Psychological Obstruction to Public Footpath
A public footpath crossed the appellants’ land. They constructed a gateway across it which they now accepted had been a significant obstruction of the right of way. The local authority served a notice requiring its removal, including the stone . .
CitedSmith, Regina (on The Application of) v Land Registry (Peterborough Office) and Another CA 10-Mar-2010
The appellant had lived in a caravan on the verge of a byway and had been here for more than twelve years. He appealed against rejection of his request for possessory title. He said that there was no support in law for the maxim that adverse . .
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Updated: 01 May 2022; Ref: scu.245554