Teen drives past house ‘everyone in UK must know’ – but many people are baffled
It's one of the best-known homes in the north of England but not for some state-of-the-art cinema room or hidden swimming pool.
As Kirsty and Phil would always say location, location, location and this is how the farmhouse has gained its famous status.
Because Stott Hall Farm is nestled in the middle of the M62 motorway.
That's right. A busy motorway!
The farmhouse has been in the newspapers and on national TV with a documentary even being made leading to people being amazed that anybody could live there.
Others have wondered why the house was left standing when the motorway was being built.
But it seems there are still plenty of others who do not know about it and can marvel at the bizarre pictures of Stott Farm.
A TikTok user being driven on the M62 posted a video of the farmhouse with the caption 'If you live in the UK, you must know what this house is'.
The video has generated more than 100K likes and 3,500 comments with some knowing straight away the answer while many others didn't have a clue.
It left them to scroll through the comments to find the answer.
One wrote: "Am I the only Brit who has no idea why everyone knows this house?"
Somebody else said: "I live in Bournemouth. I ain't got a clue what this is."
Someone living in the north joked: "I actually feel sorry for the southerners that don't know about this."
While another person commented: "Are you even British if you don't know this house."
For years people have assumed that the road – which links Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds – had to be built around the home because its stubborn owner refused to sell.
Urban myths have surrounded the white washed building that makes up Stott Hall Farm and the fields around it for decades.
The M62 was built in the 1960s and rumour has it that farmer Ken Wild, who lived there at the time, had refused to sell it when plans for the six-lane carriageway were given a thumbs up.
It turns out, though, that rather than being a rebel who was taking a stand against a huge new motorway, Ken was nothing of the sort.
A documentary, filmed almost 20 years after the motorway was completed, has revealed that a geological fault beneath the farmhouse meant it was more practical for engineers to leave it rather than blast through and destroy it.
Eleven years ago, Jill Falkingham bought the house along with her husband Phil, and the couple moved in with their son, John-William.
They completely renovated the home, which dates back to 1737, and Jill has always insisted it's no different to living anywhere else.
“Traffic is very close,” she told the Manchester Evening News. “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.
“We have treble glazing and it’s no different to living anywhere that has a road.”
The only thing that can be a frustration is the constant noise, which Jill says she's "sensitive" to.
But she stressed she'd loved living in the unusual home.
Jill 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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