A Limerick on Taylor v Caldwell

From Jeremy Telman on ContractsProf Blog, a limerick on Taylor v Caldwell (1863) 3 B & S 826, 122 ER 309, [1863] EWHC QB J1 (6 May 1863) (see wikipedia), the decision of Blackburn J which is now regarded as the foundation case of the modern law of frustration of contracts:


This case may be so well known as to need no introduction, but if people are in the market for visual aids, at left are public domain images of the Surrey Music Hall and Gardens, the former of which was the music hall that burnt down in Taylor v. Caldwell.

Since neither this nor the coronation cases are included in the casebook that I use, and since I am usually way behind by the time I get to this subject matter, this is a portion of the course that I teach entirely through Limericks. 

Surrey_gardensTaylor v. Caldwell

  • Taylor rented a hall like the Met’s
    For the purpose of concerts and fetes
    When fire the hall downed,
    The corut wisely found
    A way to excuse Taylor’s debts.

[Jeremy Telman]

Surrey_gardensAn earlier entry in ContractsProf Blog also has links to more on the Royal Surrey Gardens and Surrey Music Hall here (wikipedia) and here, including the image of the interior (left) (see here for images of what’s there now).

Update (22 May 2007): He’s now composed a limerick on Krell v Henry [1903] 2 KB 470 (pdf | wikipedia) as well.