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Ebenezer Place, 2009
Ebenezer Place
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The Shortest Street in the World can be found in Wick, Caithness, Scotland.

Ebenezer Place, built in 1883, measures only 6 ft 9 in (2.05 m), and contains only one address: No 1 Bistro, part of Mackay's Hotel.

Alexander Sinclair returned from America, after having made his fortune there, and built Mackay's Hotel at the junction of Union Street and River Street in 1883. The council of the day instructed him to put a name on the short end of the building as they deemed it to be a street, and Ebenezer Place then appeared in the town’s records from 1887. An earlier attempt to have Ebenezer Place recognised was rejected, as there was no door in the street. The successful application was made after the door was added for No 1 Bistro. One of Mr Sinclair’s descendants was still said to be resident in the town in 2009.

The previous record holder was Elgin Street, Bacup, Lancashire, recorded at 17 feet, and this was replaced by Ebenezer Place, in the Guinness Book of Records as of November 2006, which was measured at 2.05 m.[1]

Ebenezer Place, Anon
Ebenezer Place


1 The world's weirdest roads and streets - CBBC Newsround Retrieved 29 May 2017.

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