London’s Oldest Surviving Wood Paved Road


Chequer Street is the oldest surviving wooden paved road in London.

It was laid in 1642 and it is located next to the Bunhill Fields Burial Ground in Islington.

Roads in the capital were once paved with wood to protect horses’ hooves and to muffle the sound on cobbled roads. Because wood absorbs scents and bacteria the roads were eventually repaved with cobblestones.

The road used to have a tavern that was home to thieves and bad characters, but today carries a hefty price tag. Today there is a three-bedroom townhouse for sale on the road, priced at £2.6m.

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