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The demands of a prudish aristocrat, that made one Cheshire town more dangerous for pedestrians, are about to be undone.
Knutsford's pavements were made deliberately narrow, back in the 18th Century, because the wealthy woman who paid for them didn't want couples walking arm-in-arm.
They've stayed like for more two hundred and twenty years, but now they'll be widened to make them safer.
Critics say it'll spoil the town's character as Ashley Derricott reports:
The narrow pavements of a Cheshire town, built to stop romantic walks between couples in the 18th Century, are to be torn-up and widened.
King Street in Knutsford was paved, more than 220 years ago, thanks to the funding of a local aristocrat. She ordered the pavements be narrowed to ensure no-one could walk arm-in-arm.
Those restricted walkways endured through the 19th and 20th Centuries, but will not survive the 21st. The local council says the street must now be made accessible to everyone.