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Old granite setts

This week's theme for the weekly alphabet challenge was "L is for Leather", but because I was working for the first part of the week and also preparing to go away for the weekend, I didn't get around to taking a suitable photo. I'd vaguely hoped that there would be things made of leather in the dealer's room, but I didn't spot anything.

So... This is an off-topic shot taken in Manchester not far from where I was staying. When I was a kid, all the streets were paved with those square cobbles (or setts, to give them their proper name). They're made of granite, probably from the quarry on the Lleyn Peninsula. They would have been shipped to Liverpool and thence, via the Manchester ship canal, to the rapidly developing Victorian city of Manchester.

I remember them being tarmacked over, the grey stone covered in black asphalt, but they're still there and like the city itself, though new slick buildings arise, the old bones show through in places.

Old cobbles

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del_c From: del_c Date: March 29th, 2016 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I remember our street in South London being paved in York stone slabs (and the blue mercury street lamp outside the house with the cast iron lamppost painted in cream)

When they tarmacked the street they didn't leave the slabs, but pried them up, no doubt to keep richer neighbourhoods supplied through the years. Then the summer of drought came and made the tarmac sticky.
del_c From: del_c Date: March 29th, 2016 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is it really tarmac, or just tar? Etymologically, I would expect real "tar macadam" to have crushed stone in it.
queenoftheskies From: queenoftheskies Date: April 6th, 2016 12:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Such a shame to cover them up.
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