Parliament Street – Exeter, England - Atlas Obscura

Parliament Street

At just 25 inches at its narrowest point, it's one of the tightest streets in the world. 


Along the bustling high street in Exeter, England, this tiny passage is easily missed. It’s one of the smallest streets in the country, at 25 inches at its narrowest point. It’s also a useful shortcut!

According to a nearby plaque, the city claims this is the narrowest street in the world (though this claim has been disputed). It is, though, the narrowest street in Britain.

The passageway was built sometime during the 14th century. Up until the 1700s, it was common for people to dump their chamber pots into the street. It was called Small Lane before the city gave it its current moniker.

Parliament Street received its name during the 19th century. Supposedly, the city council gave it the new name to express its displeasure at Parliament passing the 1832 Reform Act, which was meant to increase (male) citizens’ voting rights. 

Locals once raised funds to petition to have the street widened, but alas, construction never began and the small street is just as thin as ever.

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