GCW v. Secretary of State for Defence

Scope and Content

Documents concerning a case brought against the Ministry of Defence by GCW protestors. At Reading Crown Court, 09 Dec 1996, the Greenham Common Women disputed the MoD's assertion that Commoners' rights had been extinguished [In May 1991 the MoD had produced a Vesting Deed, under the 1954 Defence Act and 1845 Land Clauses Consolidation Act, signed by 3 Commoners claiming to represent the rest, thus appearing to allow the MoD to buy out Commoners' rights], challenging the erection of a new fence the MoD had built around a site earmarked for 'technical development'. The case continued to the court of appeal where application was dismissed. File contains correspondence, notes [1 set of which written on an OS roll of backing paper], court documents, maps [mostly photocopies, occasionally annotated], witness statements, conveyancing documents and register of sections from the Berkshire County Council Register of Common Land presented as evidence, manuscript notes on the progress of the trial and a copy of the judgement of the appeal court.

Arrangement

Maps of Newbury and Aldermaston have been weeded for duplicates and combined with those of 5/GCW/A/16 (OS)