1) A small, rounded stone suitable for paving highways.
A word on record from c.1475, as is cobble-stone. Such stones were also used to pave bridges, as at Essell Bridge near Whitby, a location which cannot now be identified: 1592 Item for stones and leading of paving cobles and sand … 26s. 8d. Item for pavinge of the bridge at 2d. a yarde ... 13s. 6d . In this case they were being used to pave a wooden foot-bridge which linked the causey with the main bridge, presumably in preference to the heavier boulders needed for a more substantial structure.