Highway Home

Esther Johnson

2008, 03:00 minutes, colour, English


"I've got used to living here now...It's quite a strange place to live, It's just a bit noisy at times. I could do with finding a switch to turn the noise off, but I haven't managed to find that button yet."
– Paul Thorp, owner of Stott Hall Farm

Highway Home is a contemplative, static study of an unlikely landmark in an unlikely place. Normally only
glimpsed in passing, Stott Hall Farm, a cottage built in 1737, floats islandlike in the middle of the M62 in
West Yorkshire, whilst cars and lorries thunder past on both sides. Despite the farm seemingly being a
monument to stubbornness, the urban myth being that the farmer refused to leave when the motorway was built in the 1970s, the truth of the story is that the east and westbound carriageways could not meet due to the lie of the land, and the motorway had to be parted around the cottage to avoid landslips.

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