Owners of home in the centre of M62 motorway insist it’s ‘peaceful’ inside

Motorists who travel between Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and beyond are likely to be familiar with a farmhouse that is located slap in the middle of two busy motorways.

Stott Hall Farm is found between two lanes of traffic as the M62 splits around the 283-year-old property – sparking urban myths about why the building stands where it is.

Many have questioned if the farmer who owned the property simply refused to sell up when the motorway was originally built in the 1960s.

However, it seems the conditions of the ground on which the house is built are perfect for properties, but not busy motorways.

The Mirror reports that a documentary about the farm answers all the questions that any road users might have about the unusual sight located on the M62.

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

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

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A farmer named Ken and his wife Beth lived in the house when the motorway was first built – but have since moved out.

During their time in the home, they say that they were not disrupted by noise, but did notice a larger amount of dust in their home – which was originally built in 1737 – thanks to the heavy traffic trundling past every hour of the day.

They also witnessed some accidents – and the home once narrowly avoided disaster when a 32ft truck flipped off the motorway and landed in their yard.

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Beth explained: “The driver climbed out through the windscreen. He wasn’t hurt at all."

In 2009, Jill and Phil Thorp bought the property to be their family home with son, John-William.

The family have discussed their joy at living in the centuries old property.

Jill told the Manchester Evening News: “Traffic is very close. But it’s always windy here, which takes the pollution away.

“Students from the University of Huddersfield took soil and air samples and actually pollution is surprisingly low.

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“We have treble glazing and it’s no different to living anywhere that has a road.”

The mum-of-one has defended the bizarre appearance of the home that has two branches of motorway snaking around it.

She said: "A lot of people say it’s bleak and like Wuthering Heights but I don’t see it like that. I think it’s beautiful.”

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