Wait for low tide. Put the strongest man on the best horse and send him to throw a javelin far out to sea. Where it lands will mark the extent of your holdings offshore.

It’s not so simple now.

‘My lords, there are many balls in the air,’ begins counsel.

‘And in the water,’ says Lord Neuberger.

Lynn Shellfish Limited and others v Loose and another is a dispute over what the Aldeburgh poet George Crabbe called ‘shelly sands’. Norfolk fishermen are in court. Continue reading »