British town’s 28-inch wide ‘public highway’ that pedestrians can only walk down in single file
This public highway is so narrow that pedestrians can only walk down it in single file – measuring a mere 28 INCHES wide.
Stone Street in Prescot, Merseyside, is still technically a public highway despite being the second narrowest street in the UK.
Just 71cm wide at its narrowest point, the street is far too tight for vehicles to drive down and even pedestrians find themselves squeezing around downpipes of the buildings on either side.
The street is part of the medieval layout of the town and originally led to a windmill, following the curved boundary of a burgage plot.
But after being granted a market charter in 1333, the town took its present shape and Stone Street went from being a pathway between largely open areas of land to being tucked away between buildings.
It now sits between 25 Eccleston Street and 23 Eccleston Street – one of the oldest buildings still standing in Prescot.
Cllr Tony Brennan, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “Prescot is one of the oldest towns in Merseyside with a unique and rich heritage.”
“Its listed buildings and distinctive features give us an insight into what Prescot was like many years ago.”
“For such a narrow street, Stone Street has a really interesting history and as we regenerate Prescot, it’s vital that we preserve and enhance the wonderful heritage of the town.”
To celebrate its rich history, Stone Street now holds one of the 12 red plaques which make up a heritage trail across Prescot.
The narrowest street in the UK is Parliament Street in Exeter which is just 25 inches wide.