Tuesday 21 May 2013


Private right-of-way (R.O.W.) lanes are separate parcels of land which were generally created in subdivisions around the turn of the 19th century to facilitate sanitary collections from the rear of properties prior to the installation of reticulated sewerage. They usually remained in the ownership of the original subdivider after the lots shown on the Plan or Diagram of Survey were sold off.

However, these private rights-of-way are often used by the public for a range of purposes and in established areas are increasingly relied upon for access. Sometimes these rights-of-way have been acquired by the local government and, in many cases, dedicated as public roads. They are narrow and run up the back of properties and are cobbled with bluestone (basalt).

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme.


  1. These lanes should be restored!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  2. I'm betting the residents have compact cars. The longer the car, the longer the time they'd spend getting in or out of those garages.

  3. Thank goodness we don't have "sanitary collections" nowadays.

  4. Oh my, these are some of the best shots I have seen today. I love the first photo the most. Have a great weekend.


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