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Private Nuisance Cases
Case Name Facts Ratio
Adams v Ursell A fish shop in a residential area was The fact that the activity causing the
(1913) considered to be a nuisance, even though nuisance has some public benefit will not act
closing it would cause hardship to local as a…

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Hollywood D objected to C's use of land as a mink farm, If D acts deliberately out of spite in order to
Silver Fox Farm so he fired shotguns near to the property annoy the claimant, the his activity is likely to
knowing that mink eat their young when be…

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St. Helen's Copper smelting resulted in smuts from the Where physical damage occurs, location will
Smelting Co. v process damaging the claimant's shrubs. not be relevant.
Tipping (1865)

Sturges v Vibrations from D's machinery disturbed the The defence of prescription is available
Bridgman (1879) claimant who had bought land next…

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Case name Facts Ratio
A.G. for Ontario A pop festival caused noise and Example of a public nuisance.
v Orange

A.G. v PYA Residents living near a quarry were A class of people is a section of the public
disturbed by vibrations from the rather than just individuals,…

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Rylands v Fletcher cases

Case name Facts Ratio
Cambridge Here, chemicals from the tanning Can only claim for if its foreseeable.
Water Co. v process eventually filtered through Also; Ian Kennedy J found at first instance that the
the ground and polluted the storage of chemicals by a tanning firm…

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Read v Lyons An inspector visiting a munitions Her claim failed primarily because there had been no
(1946), factory was injured in an explosion. "escape" from DD's land to any other property, but
there was also some doubt expressed as to whether
the use of premises for making munitions in…


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