Knutsford's narrow pavements to give way to new design

Cheshire East Council are inviting people in Knutsford to consider their plans for newly designed pavements.

The main street has had some of the narrowest pavements in England for more than 220 years - because a prudish aristocrat, Lady Jane Stanley, was was a lifelong spinster and had an aversion to seeing men and women walking arm in arm.

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Pavements designed to stop romantic walks will be torn-up

Knutsford's narrow pavements were designed to stop romantic walks Credit: Cheshire East Council

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.

An artist's impression of the new King Street Credit: Cheshire East Council

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