Spy Hill Farm
Observation, rather than espionage, gives a clue to the origin of this name, says John Craven, who has been at the Cheshire farm for about 35 years.
The place – at Woodside Ashton – is on the edge of the Delamere Forest.
Its light land and – before mineral
workings saw its
disappearance – there used to be a high, sandy bank from the top of which you could see across the forest, explains
one-time Genus chief executive John.
This bank was used as an observation and
lookout point –
possibly to watch for fires within the
woodland. "The banks gone but the name remains," says John, who now keeps
sheep at the farm.