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Barn. & Cress. - Barnewall & Cresswell's King's Bench Reports


Also B. & C. which is the preferred legal citation for Barnewall & Cresswell's King's Bench Reports.

Forming part of the English Reports, Volumes 107 to 109 (1822-1830).

Continued from Barnewall and Alderson - B. & A. - which ran from 1817 to 1822.

Followed by Barnewall and Adophus - Barn. & Adol. - which covered the King's Bench judgments from 1830 to 1834.

The result of a partnership between Richard Vaughan Barnewall [1779 - 1842; see Barnewall and Alderson for biographical information on Richard Barnewall] and Sir Cresswell Cresswell. Cresswell's given name was the same as his surname, being his mother's maiden name and which he adopted as a surname when she inherited a large estate.

While the series was current, it competed against Dowlings and Ryland of which Holdsworth writes:

"In the King's Bench, Dowling and Ryland struggled in vain for years to establish themselves as a co-equal authority with Barnewall and Cresswell; and at a later period the attempt of Tamlyn at the Rolls to compete with Russell and Mylne was a signal failure."

Of Sir Cresswell (1794-1863), Holdsworth wrote highly:

"Cresswell was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He was called to the bar by the Inner Temple in 1819, and from 1822 to 1830 he, with (Richard Vaughan) Barnewall, was the reporter in the King's Bench. He soon acquired a leading practice on the Northern Circuit.

"In 1830 he became recorder of Hull, and took silk in 1834. He was elected member of Parliament for Liverpool in the Conservative interest in 1841. In 1842, (Prime Minister Robert) Peel made him a judge of the Common Pleas. There he remained till 1858. In that year he was made the first judge of the new probate and divorce court. His work there did much to ensure the success of the court.

"'He reformed,' said Lord Sumner, 'the old ecclesiastical rules of evidence in matrimonial causes, and did for this branch of the law what Mansfield did for mercantile law.'

"The large amount of work with which his court was filled undermined his constitution, and a road accident, which broke his kneecap, gave him a shock which soon after led to his death (on July 29, 1858) from heart disease."

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