Granite Setts

A road paved with setts, often mistakenly named cobblestones.

Royal mile edinburgh

Much of Edinburgh's Royal Mile is laid with granite setts, as seen in this view looking east down the High Street past the old Tron Kirk.

A sett, usually the plural setts and in some places called a Belgian block,[1], often incorrectly called "cobblestone", is a broadly rectangular quarried stone used originally for paving roads,[2] today a decorative stone paving used in landscape architecture.[3][4] A sett is distinct from a cobblestone by being quarried or shaped to a regular form, whereas a cobblestone is generally naturally occurring.

Streets paved with setts are highlights in several cycling competitions such as the final Champs-Élysées stage of the Tour de France and the Paris-Roubaix road race as riding upon them is technically more challenging than riding on asphalt[citation needed].

Notable roads paved with setts include Vicars' Close, Wells,[5] much of Edinburgh's Royal Mile and the set of Coronation Street.


  1. Potter, Chris (October 14, 2004). "Were Pittsburgh's original finished roads and streets paved with cobblestone, Belgian block or some other type of brick?". Pittsburgh City Paper (Pittsburgh, USA). Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  2. Oliver, David. "A Walking Tour of The Royal Burgh of Wick". Retrieved 2009-03-04. "At the first building after the end of the bridge, turn left into East High street which has not been widened and still has old stone setts." 
  3. "Secret garden is a joy to behold". This Is South Wales 2009-02-25. Retrieved 2009-03-04. "This is a garden of variation rather than variety. Hedges in subtly different colours and heights, paths sticking to the same small palette of materials, old timber from Swansea docks, granite setts, stone and brick but varying in pattern to suit the moment and the rhythm of the space, a small number of boldly used containers, lipped with jagged zinc, contain strong effects, from cloud-pruned box to a flat plane of granite setts." 
  4. Guinness, Bunny (2009-02-23). "Framing a garden view". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-03-04. "You can pull the pattern work through to the paving too, echoing the style with bands of setts, pebbles or slabs." 
  5. "Boundary walls to Nos.1-13 Vicars Close, Wells". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 2009-01-13. 

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