Why is there a house in the middle of the M62?

If you live in Yorkshire or Lancashire you’ve probably driven over the Pennines on the M62 which means you’ve probably seen the obscure little Farmhouse that sits in the middle of the motorway.

Legend has it that the farmer who once lived there (Ken Wild) refused to sell his farm (Stott Hall Farm) when plans to build the M62 were announced. The notion that the farmer stood up for his rights to keep his home and continue to live there whilst they build a motorway around him, is still believed by many today. Unfortunately, that was not the case.

The truth is that the land which the farm sits on was considered geologically unstable meaning it was easier and more cost-effective to simply split the motorway and build around the house. The video below shows footage of the M62’s construction and interviews one of the occupants of the house from that time.

The house is now owned and lived in by Jill and Paul Thorp, and their young son John-William.