Aldred's Case

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Aldred's Case (1610) 9 Co Rep 57b; (1610) 77 ER 816, [1558-1774] All ER Rep 622, is an English land law and tort law case on nuisance. The case is seen by some as the birth of environmental law.


William Aldred claimed that Thomas Benton had erected a pig sty too close to his house, so that the stench made his own house unbearable to live in.


The Court ruled that the smell of the sty was enough to deprive Aldred of his property and personal dignity and therefore a violation of his rights and his honor as it was stripped away from him, holding that a man has, "no right to maintain a structure upon his own land, which, by reason of disgusting smells, loud or unusual noises, thick smoke, noxious vapors, the jarring of machinery, or the unwarrantable collection of flies, renders the occupancy of adjoining property dangerous, intolerable, or even uncomfortable to its tenants..."

The Court also held the following.

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