Cobble Stone Street

Cobbled Street. Image taken in the English Lake District.

Cobblestones are stones that were frequently used in the pavement of early streets. “Cobblestone” is derived from the very old English word “cob”, which had a wide range of meanings, one of which was “rounded lump” with overtones of large size. “Cobble”, which appeared in the 15th century, simply added the diminutive suffix “le” to “cob”, and meant a small stone rounded by the flow of water; essentially, a large pebble. It was these smooth “cobbles”, gathered from stream beds, that paved the first “cobblestone” streets.

7 thoughts on “Cobble Stone Street

  1. I think cobble stone streets are so romantic, makes me think of the old black and white movies. This is an awesome photo, I feel like I am right there standing on that cobble stone street! 🙂

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