Steel v Houghton Et Uxor: HL 1788

No Common Law Right to Glean

No person has, at common law, a right to glean in the harvest field. Neither have the poor of a parish legally settled (as such) any such right.
Lord Loughborough said that the relief of the poor is not a legal obligation, but a religious duty.

Lord Loughborough
[1788] EngR 37, (1788) 1 H Bl 51, (1788) 126 ER 32 (B)
England and Wales


Leading Case

Updated: 12 November 2021; Ref: scu.368337