A little bit of ‘Cobbles’ History

Common from the 15th Century onwards, the use of natural stone paving and cobbles goes back to Roman times, and they are still evident in most of the historic towns and cities throughout the British Isles today.


Cobbles and Setts combined with Yorkstone flags are widely used to transform otherwise bland open expanses into visually pleasing hard landscaping, and as well as being aesthetically superb they are incredibly robust for every form of foot or vehicle traffic, and when laid properly can be enjoyed by many years. It would be difficult, if not impossible to find another reclaimed stone product that looks as visually stunning and spectacular as natural Yorkstone; be it a cobbled driveway, flagged patio or recreational area created with mixed Yorkstone products. And in many cases; using such a ‘high-quality’ product will certainly add ‘kerb-appeal’, and value to your property.

With specific reference to “Cobbles”… what are “Cobbles”?

The terminology varies depending almost upon where in the World you ask, and names range between ‘Cobbles’ and ‘Cobblestones’, ‘Cubes’ and ‘Setts’; the latter being the most ‘correct term. There's also a whole range of regional terms, too, such as "Cassies" or "Nidgers" in Scotland, and "Belgian Block" in some strange parts of southern England. The original and most historic “Cobble” (Cob) was a rounded river-washed stone, which later gave way to the larger and more regular rectangular shaped ‘Hovis-style’ “‘Sett”’.

Setts might come as small as 100mm square cubes or can be as large as 250mm x 200mm x 250mm, and they can be sandstone or granite… and whether described as cobbles, setts, or cubes, they are an excellent paving product and they will last for dozens of years; and in fact, some of the ‘cobbles’ currently covering the streets of the UK have seen over 200 years of continual use, and whilst they have suffered years of being ‘ripped-up’ or covered in tarmac, one thing is now certain; they are back in fashion and there is no better ‘entrance statement’ than a beautifully cobbled driveway.

What do Cobbles Cost?

At Steptoe’s Yard we always have a great variety and selection of sandstone; gritstone and granite setts and cubes in stock, and currently prices are as follows:

Sandstone & Gritstone Setts - £105.00 per tonne (loose) or £115.00 per tonne (bagged)
Granite Setts £115.00 per tonne (loose) or £125.00 per tonne (bagged)
Granite Cubes £155.00 per tonne (loose or bagged)

for more information visit https://www.steptoesyard.co.uk/products/cobbles-and-setts.html

How Is a Cobblestone Driveway Installed?

There are a few differing methods used to install ‘cobbles’ as a running surface, and much will depend upon the type and volume of traffic. Although cobbles have a long history as a paving material, it is only over the last 50 years or so that roads and hardstanding areas have begun to experience the sort of loadings and speed imposed by modern vehicles.

As always good planning should prevent poor performance and for a detailed description of the various ways to lay a cobbled surface, please refer to our friend Tony McCormack’s website at http://www.pavingexpert.com/setts02.htm