At just 28 inches wide it’s so narrow that pedestrians have to walk down it in single file. Stone Street in Prescot, Merseyside has existed since medieval times. Despite its astonishing width it is still classed as a public highway.
At just 71cm wide at its narrowest point, the street is far too tight for vehicles to drive down. What’s more, pedestrians find themselves breathing in to squeeze around the downpipes on the buildings either side of it.
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.
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.