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Friday, September 23, 2011

Cobbled Streets

Cobbled streets are still much in evidence in the UK especially in the north of the country. Cobblestones were an advance from early dirt roads which were frequently rutted and the cobbles were usually set in sand to make the road surface permeable.

The images shown here are actually setts, which are smooth granite stones laid in the 19th century, whereas cobbles were not worked on and were naturally occurring stones.

Roads paved with setts are natural traffic calmers as cars produce more noise when passing over them and warn pedestrians of their advance.

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