previous post I've been doing a little experimentation to figure out how to lay the setts between the rails. If you remember, my first attempt was to run four rows in parallel with the rails but at right angles to the setts laid outside the rails. This works, but I wasn't at all convinced. I've now tried two other approaches as you can see in the photo. Having stared at this for a while now, I think I'm happiest with the setts on the left, i.e. just a continuation of the rows outside the rails, so will go with this when I get around to doing the yard surface.
Having realised that I'd bought 7mm embossed stone sheet because "it looked right" I also decided to check that the setts I was making were of a sensible size. Using a set of callipers I measured the inside of the sett stamp at 2.81mm by 1.24mm which at 4mm to the foot represents a stone of 213.56mm by 94.24mm. This seemed reasonable but I thought I'd see if I could find out what size setts usually are which is when I discovered BS EN 1342.
It turns out that setts are covered by a standard published by the British Standards Institute, specifically BS EN 1342 which was last updated in 2012. Unfortunately I haven't actually been able to read the standard because to buy a copy would cost me £162! This is a 34 page document and according to one site 16 of those pages are made up of the title and standard text, leaving just 18 pages of useful information. Now if that isn't a rip off I don't know what is. Fortunately I found a description that references the standard and includes the pertinent information. This states that "a sett is a dressed block of stone having plan dimensions that are 50-300mm in length, and a thickness of at least 50mm". Now I don't care about the depth but we can see that the setts I was producing with my stamp fall within the description, so they are of a reasonable size.