Film ID:
YFA 5834

CLEGG'S PEOPLE: THE FARM ON A MOTORWAY

1983

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Description

Michael Clegg provides the natural history of Windy Hill in the Pennines and visits Stott Hall Farm, 1100 feet up, situated between the two sets of carriageways on the M62.  He talks to the farmer Ken Wilde and his wife Beth about what it is like to live there, and the sheep farming they do.

The film begins with Michael Clegg talking about the effects of motorways on wildlife, and how they attract kestrels.  He is near Stott Hall Farm in Calderdale, on a moorland stretch of the M62.  Clegg states that, despite stories to the contrary, the motorway was built around the farm because it was built on, “geologically creeping side long ground.”  
The tenant Ken Wilde explains that he never had the option of standing his ground.  He is interviewed in his home on the farm, which covers 15 acres of land belonging to the water authority, explaining that his father started there in 1934.  We see the underpass that gives access to the nearby reservoir, with evidence of former industrial workings.  Clegg states that because of the west wind we are polluting Norway and Sweden.

Ken Wilde and his wife Beth talk of the difficulties of living there, but also of the advantage of having no neighbours.  Ken Wilde is with his four border collies, rounding up sheep to put into a pen between the lanes of the motorway.  He tells the story of when a 22 ton lorry of books overturned on the motorway into the farm when the driver died at the wheel.  He then discusses the different breeds of sheep he has with Clegg – Woodland Whiteface (or Penistone), Lonk (or Lancashire) and Herdwick Ewe – giving an account of their different characteristics.  The sheep are shepherded through the underpass.

End Credits:
Clegg’s People Introduced by Michael Clegg
Cameraman Allan Pyrah
Sound Don Atkinson, Alan Bedward
Film Editor Chris Sutton
Director David St. David Smith
Producer John Wilford
Copyright Yorkshire Television LTD 1983