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Rufford In Days Gone By - Bertha Crocker & Geoff Tittershill
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Grey Gutter Farm demolished in 1968 to make way for  A59 improvements 'Grey Gutter Farm', demolished in 1968 when a dangerous corner of the A59 was straightened.

An interesting feature of Grey Gutter Farm was a built-in tea safe situated in the chimney breast. Tea was a valuable and luxurious commodity in the early 18th century and was priced at approximately £ 1 per pound weight.
Charles and Harry Yates

Charles Yates and son Harry on the steps leading to the priests hide-hole in `Grey Gutter Farm'. The hide-away was in the chimney breast, where a small platform approximately 18 inches wide gave excellent cover. Latticed windows in the room above the front door also gave good views to the North, South and East to warn of impending danger during the Reformation.

Davis's Cafe
Davis's Cafe in the foreground overlooking Grey Gutter Farm.

Cyclists from Liverpool and the surrounding area, met and sometimes slept in huts at the rear of the cafe, as they rested on their journeys north to the lakes etc.