purpresture


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purpresture

(pɜːˈprɛstʃə)
n
1. (Law) the illegal encroachment of one party upon the land of another
2. (Law) a payment made for the permission to build on the land of a feudal lord
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Gilpin, in his account of the forest borderers of England, says that "the encroachments of trespassers, and the houses and fences thus raised on the borders of the forest," were "considered as great nuisances by the old forest law, and were severely punished under the name of purprestures, as tending ad terrorem ferarum -- ad nocumentum forestae, etc.
PURPRESTURE A Encroachment upon public property B Seeking the end desired C The act of pursuing who am I?
Public nuisance has historical roots in a crime called a purpresture, which was an "'encroachment[] on the king's right'" and involved an action such as an "'obstruction of roads, non-repair of bridges, [or an] interference with light.
Under common law, a purpresture may result when a private property owner encroaches on private rights, but unlike nuisance, this encroachment need not be noxious.