Our patch of this area is Ladymoor Gate Farm, the farm at Ladymoor Gate which is on the edge of the Staffordshire Moorlands and six miles from the centre of Stoke on Trent (in the English Midlands) and a similar distance from the market town of Leek. Despite the difficulties of delivery men, it is only about two miles from the nearest main road, the A52, clearly marked on most maps and no challenge for any satnav. For us, except for the expensive broadband, the problems it poses for curriers and the challenges with district borders, it is an ideal place to live - something of everything - town and country.
The "Gate" part of a place name often means "way onto" or "entrance" and has nothing to do with a hinged section of fence or fancy wrought iron security barriers. So we are situated at the way on to the moor known as Ladymoor.
When we moved here we were excited by the potential of the place and dreamed of "the good life". What couldn't we do? Plenty of space to grow vegetables, herbs, flowers and shrubs. Maybe keep a few animals. Enjoy the surrounding country side with pleasant evening walks. So we set about the garden, explored the locality and after a few years began to investigate the history of the farm.