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East Riding
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Sledmere Cottages
Grid reference: SE932648
Location: 54°4’17"N, 0°34’35"W
Post town: Driffield
Postcode: YO25
Dialling code: 01377
Local Government
Council: East Riding of Yorkshire
East Yorkshire

Sledmere is a village in the East Riding of Yorkshire, about seven miles north-west of Driffield on the B1253 road.

The wider civil parish also includes the nearby hamlet of Croome: the 2011 census recorded a parish population of 377.

The parish church, St Mary, is one of the churches on the Sykes Churches Trail.[1] It is a Grade II* listed building.[2]

About the village

Sledmere House is a Georgian country house built in 1751 by Richard Sykes. The house has remained in the Sykes family since then and is now the home of Sir Tatton Sykes, 8th baronet.

The Sledmere Monument stands about two miles south-east of the village, along the B1252 road, on top of Garton Hill. It is 120 feet tall and is a tribute to Sir Tatton Sykes, 4th Baronet, built by his friends in 1865.

The Wagoners' Memorial in the village, designed by Sir Mark Sykes, 6th Baronet, is dedicated to the Wolds Wagoners Reserve, a corps that Sir Mark raised from the local population to fight in the First World War. It is noted for its unusual shape and its graphic scenes of war and country life. The memorial is a Grade I listed structure.[3]

The Sledmere Eleanor Cross

Sledmere is also the site of the Eleanor Cross, Sledmere, a replica Eleanor cross and also is a Grade I listed building.[4] The 'Sledmere Cross' takes the form of an Eleanor Cross: built as a folly, it was converted in 1919 to a War Memorial by Sir Mark Sykes (of the Sykes–Picot Agreement) who added a series of brass portraits in commemoration of his friends and the local men who fell in the war and also notably himself in crusader armour with the inscription "Laetare Jerusalem (Rejoice Jerusalem)".

East of the village is Sledmere Castle, a folly built around 1790 by John Carr for Sir Christopher Sykes, the 2nd baronet, to enhance the view from Sledmere House.

Sledmere was served by Sledmere and Fimber railway station on the Malton and Driffield Railway between 1853 and 1950.[5]


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Outside links


  1. "Sykes Churches Trail Southern Route". Beverley, East Yorkshire: East Yorkshire Historic Churches Group. 
  2. National Heritage List 1310183: Church of St Mary (Grade II* listing)
  3. National Heritage List 1161354: Wagoners' Memorial (Grade I listing)
  4. National Heritage List 1083806: Eleanor cross (Grade I listing)
  5. Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. 
  • Gazetteer — A–Z of Towns Villages and Hamlets. East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 2006. p. 10.