Ebenezer Place, Wick

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Ebenezer Place, Wick, with Union Street to the right, and River Street to the left

Ebenezer Place, in Wick, Caithness, Scotland, is credited by the Guinness Book of Records as being the world's shortest street at 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in).

In 2006 it surpassed the previous record (5.2 m or 17 ft) set by Elgin Street, Bacup, Lancashire.[1][2][3] The street has only one address: the front door of No. 1 Bistro, which is part of Mackays Hotel.[4]

The street originated in 1883, when 1 Ebenezer Place was constructed; the owner of the building, a hotel at the time, was instructed to paint a name on the shortest side of the hotel. It was officially declared a street in 1887.[5]

But for its status as a street in its own right, the location of Ebenezer Place would be a junction of Union Street with River Street.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Town loses record for world’s shortest street". Rossendale Free Press. 2006-11-03. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  2. ^ "Street measures up to new record". BBC News. 1 November 2006. Retrieved 2008-08-09. 
  3. ^ Craig Naples (13 September 2008). "Northern exposure - Wick". The Scotsman. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  4. ^ "Celebrating the shortest street". The Daily Post. 31 October 2006. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  5. ^ "World Record!". MacKays Hotel. Retrieved 2007-07-28. 

Coordinates: 58°26′28.2″N 3°05′38.9″W / 58.441167°N 3.094139°W / 58.441167; -3.094139