What is Purpresture?

Legal Definition
According to Lord Coke, purpresture, is a close or enclosure, that is, when one encroaches or makes several to himself that which ought to be in common to many; as if an individual were to build between high and low water-mark on the side of a public river. In England this is a nuisance; and in cases of this kind an injunction will be granted, on ex parte affidavits, to restrain such a purpresture and nuisance. 2 Bouv. Inst. n, 2382; 4 Id. n. 3798; 2 Inst. 28; and see Skene, verbo Pourpr esture; Glanville, lib. 9, ch. 11, p. 239, note Spelm. Gloss. Purpresture Hale, de Port. Mar.; Harg. Law Tracts, 84; 2 Anstr. 606; Cal. on Sew. 174 Redes. Tr. 117.
-- Bouviers Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
A purpresture may be defined as an enclosure by a private party of a part of that which belongs to and ought to be open and free to the enjoyment of the public at large. It is not necessarlly a public nuisance. A public nuisance must be something which subjects the public to some degree of inconvenience or annoyance; but a purpresture may exist without putting the public to any inconvenience whatever. Attorney General v. Evart Booming Co.., 34 Mich. 462. And see Co.bb v. Lincoln Park Co.m'rs, 202 III. 427, 67 N. E. 5, 63 L. R. A. 264, 95 Am. St. Rep. 258; Columbus v. Jaques, 30 Ga. 506; Sullivan v. Moreno, 19 Fla. 228; U. S. v. Debs (C. Ct) 64 Fed. 740; Drake v. Hudson River R. Co., 7 Barb.
-- Black's Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
The enclosure or making several to one’s self that which ought to be common to many. See 107 Am. St. Rep. 204, note.
-- Ballentine's Law Dictionary