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that the proper course will be to apply for a scire facias in cases which

may occur under sect. 36.





I. Powers to take and purchase Lands

145 II. Powers to take temporary

Possession of Lands 165 III. Powers to take temporary

Possession of Roads 176 IV. On the Compensation which

may be claimed by the
Owners and Occupiers
of Lands taken or in.

juriously affected 180 1. Compensation Cases

where Lands, &c. have
been actually taken or

directly injured 191 2. Compensation Cases

where Lands, &c. have

been indirectly injured 210 3. Compensation Cases on

Claims made by Les-
sees of Lands


4. Other Cases of Compen

5. Report, and the Eri.

dence given before the
Lords select Commit.
tee, appointed A. D.
1845, on the mode
of assessing Compensa-

tion for Lands. . 260 V. Mode of assessing Com

pensation. 1. By Justices

285 2. By Arbitration

287 3. By Surveyors

293 4. By a Jury

294 VI. On the Payment or In

vestment of the Com-
pensation or Purchase-

325 VII. On the Title and the Con.



I. We have seen that the special act authorises the company to make the railway and works on the lands, &c., delineated and described on the parliamentary plans and books of reference (a). These lands may be purchased by the company by agreement made with the owners; but if no such agreement be made, then the company are empowered, by various clauses contained in the Lands Clauses Consoli. dation Act, (commonly called the compulsory clauses), to take the lands; and compensation is awarded to the owners and other persons, in the manner prescribed by the act. The company are also authorised, as we shall see hereafter, by the Railway Clauses Consolidation Act, to make a temporary use of lands, roads, &c., whilst the railway is in the course of formation.

veyance of the Lands . 334

General powers to
make the railway.

remedies remain to a creditor of the
company. The clause expressly li.
miting the liability of a shareholder
to the amount of his share (see ante,
104) has been generally omitted in

special railway acts, since the pass-
ing of the Consolidation Acts. See
Biggs's Collection of Special Railway

General powers, of a very extensive nature, are granted to the company, to enable them to construct the railway and the accommodation works connected therewith. By the Railway Clauses Consolidation Act, 8 Vict. c. 20, the company are authorised, subject to the provisions and restrictions in the special act and Consolidation Acts contained, to execute any of the following works; (that is to say),

They may make or construct, in, upon, across, under, or over any lands, or any streets, hills, valleys, roads, railroads, or tram-roads, rivers, canals, brooks, streams, or other waters, within the lands described in the said plans, or mentioned in the said books of reference, or any correction thereof, such temporary or permanent inclined planes, tunnels, embankments, aqueducts, bridges, roads, ways, passages, conduits, drains, piers, arches, cuttings, and fences, as they think proper :

They may alter the course of any rivers not navigable, brooks, streams, or watercourses, and of any branches of

(a) Ante, 104. These plans and books of reference are required by the standing orders in Parliament (see Commons' Orders, ante, 19; Lords' Orders, ante, 28) to be deposited at various places where they may at all

times be examined by parties interested : see 1 Vict. c. 83, post, App. 3. As to deviations from the line delineated on the plans, see 8 Vict. c. 20, s. 15, post, App. 162.


navigable rivers, such branches not being themselves navigable, within such lands, for the purpose of constructing and maintaining tunnels, bridges, passages, or other works over or under the same, and divert or alter, as well temporarily as permanently, the course of any such rivers or streams of water, roads, streets, or ways, or raise or sink the level of any such rivers or streams, roads, streets, or ways, in order the more conveniently to carry the same over or under, or by the side of the railway, as they may think proper:

They may make drains or conduits into, through, or under any lands adjoining the railway, for the purpose


conveying water from or to the railway:

They may erect and construct such houses, warehouses, offices, and other buildings, yards, stations, wharfs, engines, machinery, apparatus, and other works and conveniences, as they think proper :

They may from time to time alter, repair, or discontinue the before-mentioned works, or any of them, and substitute others in their stead; and

They may do all other acts necessary for making, maintaining, altering, or repairing, and using the railway (1).

And, first, as to the taking of lands by agreement. By 8 Vict. c. 18, s. 6, (post, App. 119), it is enacted, that the company may agree with the owners of lands (which by the interpretation clause extends to the owners of messuages, lands, tenements, and hereditaments, of any tenure (c)) by the special act authorised to be taken, and with all parties having any estate or interest in such lands, or by that or the special act enabled to sell and convey the same, for the absolute purchase thereof, for a consideration in money, and of all estates and interests therein, of what kind soever (d).

Lunds taken by agreement.

(6) 8 Vict. c. 20, s. 16, post, App.

(c) See sect. 3, post, App. 118.
(d) As to the construction of agree-

ments made between landowners and the company, see post, and Manning v. The Eastern Counties Railway, 12 M. & W. 237, post, 248.

And, as many persons are incapacitated from selling their Tenants in tai! lands, by reason of disabilities of various kinds, the statute under disabilities proceeds to declare it to be lawful (e) for all parties, being vey lands. seised, possessed of, or entitled to any such lands, or any estate or interest therein, to sell and convey or release the same to the company, and to enter into all necessary agreements for that purpose, and particularly for all or any of the following parties; (that is to say), all corporations, tenants in tail or for life, married women seised in their own right or entitled to dower, guardians, committees of lunatics and idiots

, trustees or feoffees in trust for charitable or other purposes, executors and administrators, and all parties for the time being entitled to the receipt of the rents and profits of any such lands in possession, or subject to any estate in dower, or to any lease for life, or for lives and years, or for

years, or any less interest. And this power to sell, &c., may be exercised by all the before-mentioned parties, (other than married women entitled to dower, or lessees for life, or for lives and years, or for years, or for any less interest), not only on behalf of themselves and their respective heirs, executors, administrators, and successors, but also for and on behalf of every person entitled in reversion, remainder

, or expectancy after them, or in defeasance of the estates of such parties; and as to such married women, whether they be of full age or not, as if they were sole and of full age; and as to such guardians, on behalf of their wards ; and as to such committees, on behalf of the lunatics and idiots of whom they are the committees respectively; and that to the same extent as such wives, wards, lunatics

, and idiots respectively, could have exercised the same power, under the authority of that or the special act

(e) 8 Vict. c. 18, s. 7, post, App. 119.

Copyhold land

if they had respectively been under no disability: and as to such trustees, executors, and administrators, on behalf of their cestui que trusts, whether infants, issue unborn, lunatics, femes covert, or other persons; and that to the same extent as such cestui que trusts, respectively, could have exercised the same powers, under the authority of that and the special act, if they had respectively been under no disability. (Sect. 7, post, App. 119).

Special provisions are also inserted to enable the company to take a conveyance of copyholds, common lands, waste lands, and lands in mortgage, and to release lands from existing charges.

As to copyholds, it is provided, that every conveyance of copyhold lands to the company, shall be entered on the rolls of the manor. (Id., s. 95, post, App. 140). And within a certain period afterwards, the company are required to pay the lord of the manor, compensation, to be assessed according to the mode prescribed, for the enfranchisement of the lands. (Id., s. 96, post, App. 140). The lands, when enfranchised, are to be held in free and common socage; and if the lord fails to enfranchise the lands, the company may execute a deed-poll, in the manner provided in the case of a purchase of lands (e). (Id., s. 97, post, App. 140). Rents payable in respect of copyhold lands may, in certain cases, be apportioned in the manner prescribed. (Id., s. 98, post, App. 141).

As to common and waste lands, it is provided, that the compensation in respect of the right in the soil shall be paid by the company to the lord of the manor. (Id., s. 99, post, App. 141). And, upon payment or deposit thereof in the Bank, a conveyance from the lord of the manor to the company will operate as if he had been seised in fee simple; and in default of such conveyance, the company may execute a

Common and waste lands.

(e) See, as to this conveyance, post, 336.

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