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- square blocks, usually of granite or whin but sometimes of hardwood for silence, forming a street surface. Setts were set on edge, close together, and they tapered slightly towards the bottom. Sides were never quite smooth, and laying them to achieve a tight joint, is a very skillful business, if not laid properly, like cobbles, they wobble. Traditionally they were laid on sand and might be sealed with pitch, nowadays they are usually bedded in cement to conceal the lack of available skills.
Wooden setts were quite often used where the clatter of iron-bound wheels were too intrusive eg outside public buildings.