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Cobbles and Setts

The word “cobblestone” has its origins in the Old English word “cob” which was used to refer to something as rounded and sturdy. Traditionally set in sand and sometimes mortar when money permitted, cobbles were originally gathered from streams. However, this method was gradually replaced by quarried granite sets known as “Belgium Blocks”, as these were more regular in shape.

One benefit of sand-set cobbles in particular was the flexibility they gave the road's surface; allowing for movements in the ground such as freezing.


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