Bamford v Turnley

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Bamford v Turnley (1860) 3 B & S 62; 122 ER 25, is an important English tort law case, concerning nuisance and what it means to be a reasonable user of land.


The defendants burnt bricks in a kiln and this sent noxious fumes to the surrounding country, affecting various neighbours. It made them and their servants ill. They sued to prevent the nuisance.

At first instance it was held that the brick smoke was reasonable because the defendant had only been using the kiln in order to build a home.


Bramwell B held that the defendants had to pay compensation. Responding to the argument that if land is being reasonably used in itself, then there is a public interest that it should be carried on Bramwell B went on…

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