Re: Re: Dublin Historic Stone Paving disbelief
Yeah I suppose they wouldnâ€™t have been quite so smooth when first laid 100 or more years ago, but, like anything of intrinsic quality, it gets better with age!
But thatâ€™s no excuse for awful cobbling in Temple Bar. The main problem seems to be that the setts are not laid closely enough together â€“ the old ones are always tightly laid. Itâ€™s really an embarrassment given the 1000s that visit every day.
The lifting and re-laying of Smithfieldâ€™s setts a few years ago, and the public space scheme in general, has been the subject of some criticism – see here for one: https://archiseek.com/content/showthread.php?t=4352 – but the resulting sett surface (below) was an improvement over the shockingly bad Temple Bar surfaces (wouldnâ€™t be difficult I suppose).