Chidley Family Genealogy Forum
I came across The 'CHIDLEY' distillery firm in West Ham (south east London)while redinding a very old law book. Chidley was appealing against rates assesment on the value of the distillery....
'In a distillery there were tanks so large as to form the entire roof of buildings, refridgerators, mash tuns, pumps, wash~backs, and resevoirs. These articles were all heavy, and in some cases screwed down to steady them, constituted, with fixtures, one continuous process necessary for distilling. But all were complete and separate articles, bought and sold as such, and being capable of being disconected and sold again. It was held that that as the articles were meerly steadied by their own weight, or with the help of screws, and could be detatched and sold separetly, they were not fixtures, and not included as part of the rateable value of the building for the purpose of the poor rate'
Chidley v West Ham, 38, J.P. 772; 39 J.p> 310
Taken from Statutes in force relating to the Poor Laws, 1879, by William Cunningham Glen