Google Maps for Land Law

I’ve admitted before that there’s nothing I enjoy more than an excuse for a little trip to the seaside and a cup of tea at the Weston Seaquarium, where you can gaze out to sea in one direction and across Beach Road to Ellenborough Park on the other. It does wonders to refresh one’s enthusiasm for the joys of Land law!

Unfortunately, the practicalities of dumping work, jumping into the car and hitting the M5 mean that a visit is not always possible and, in these sad times of education cuts, the college certainly isn’t going to lay on a charabanc for a class trip so, is there another way of making it ‘real’? I think I may have found something of an answer with Google Maps.

Type in ‘Ellenborough Park, Weston-super-Mare’ and there you have it. Look at the map outline and see Ellenborough Crescent, home to the benefited properties. Zoom in to Satellite view and Street view and walk around – look at the houses on Ellenborough Crescent and then change direction and see the views over the park. When I first saw the place, ‘for real’, I was surprised to discover that the benefited houses all have their own gardens as well – I always imagined that they didn’t. Go to Google Street view and you get a really good picture of just how it is, and you can find all of the roads mentioned in the judgment. Fascinating!

Of course, it doesn’t stop there, I’m now on the hunt for other Land law cases worth a Google. Bakewell Management v Brandwood is worth a look – look up ‘Newtown Common, Newbury’ and Satellite and Street view will allow you to see the position of the houses and tracks over the common that caused the dispute.  There must be so many more!

I just have one problem. I’ve been trying to have a good Google around Leicester Square (Tulk v Moxhay) for ages, but I can’t seem to get a look at anything very useful and it keeps crashing my computer… However, I will persevere.

I’m off now to see if I can track down the judgment in Thatcher v Douglas and find that disputed slipway. I know it’s somewhere in Norfolk…..

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