1877 - The Great Foreshore Case

The Great Foreshore Case. Since the days of the Plantagenet’s the Corporation had exercised rights of Admiralty over the foreshore – that is, the land between the high and low water marks.This right was disputed by the Admiralty, and the case went to court which pronounced in favour of the Corporation. However the case was taken by the Admiralty to the House of Lords who reversed the courts findings. Afterwards a legal document was found in private ownership that proved that the Corporation had given the rights to the Admiralty one hundred and fifty years before. The whole episode proved embarrassing and expensive for the Corporation. The financial settlement was not concluded until 1880.