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Real reason house sits right in the middle of the M62

Real reason house sits right in the middle of the M62

There have been a lot of rumours over the years

The rumours have finally been put to bed, as the real reason why a house sits in the middle of the M62 has been revealed.

Located in Rishworth, Yorkshire, it is one of the most famous farms in the UK due to one of the most random of reasons.

Back in the 1960s, the west-to-east motorway between Leeds and Manchester was built around Scott Hill Farm, which sits between two carriageways that bridge Huddersfield and Rochdale.

Legend has it that Ken Wild, owner of the home, refused to sell the land because he didn't want to move.

Engineers had no other alternative but to build around the home.

But this wasn't actually the case, according to an old 1983 documentary that's only just been made available online recently.

The 26-minute-long documentary by the British Film Institute (BFI) is available to watch on ITVX, as Ken opens up on the real reason why he and his wife Beth didn't move.

Scott Hill Farm in all of its glory.

He explained that, because there was a geological fault beneath the farmhouse, they were unable to build on top of it.

"A geological fault beneath the farmhouse meant it was more practical for engineers to leave it rather than blast through and destroy it," journalist, Michael Clegg, said.

"Outside the noise is relentless but inside it’s as peaceful and cosy as any farmhouse."

We also learned that Ken's father purchased the house back in 1934 and the couple spoke about the one benefit of not living next to anyone - and that's 'having no neighbours'.

They did, however, witness a fair few crashes after the motorway opened, including one incident where a lorry crashed through the yard of the 15-acre farmhouse plot at 4.20am.

"The driver climbed out through the windscreen. He wasn’t hurt at all," Beth said.

Back in the 1960s, the west-to-east motorway between Leeds and Manchester was built around the Farm:
Channel 4

The farm is now run by sheep farmers Paul and his wife Jill who live there with their son John-William.

The couple appeared on Channel 4's The Pennines: Backbone of Britain and gave some insight into living between six motorway lanes.

Paul, who first started on the farm as a 22-year-old, said: "It's just like any other farm really. You've got to know your land, know your job and plan around it.

"The only thing is we've got six lanes of traffic through ours. It throws up its challenges, it's very unique."

One particular challenge is, of course, the traffic. "The mind boggles as to where everybody is going. I just cannot get my head around where everybody's going every day," he said.

In the documentary, Paul is seen tackling the problem of his livestock not jumping out onto the road and colliding with vehicles. In the case that it happens, Highways England staff have to call the farm and the road shuts down until the animals have been safely recovered.

Featured Image Credit: Channel 4/BBC

Topics: Documentaries, Film, UK News, Travel