Sykes Churches Trail

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The Sykes Churches Trail is a tour of churches in the East Riding of Yorkshire which were built, rebuilt or restored by the Sykes family of Sledmere House, a family seat in Riding. The tour was devised by the East Yorkshire Historic Churches Group and is divided into a southern circuit and a planned northern circuit.[1]

Work on the churches was financed by Sir Tatton Sykes, 4th Baronet (1772–1863) and his son Sir Tatton Sykes, 5th Baronet (1826–1913). The 4th Baronet engaged John Loughborough Pearson to work on churches at Garton on the Wolds, Kirkburn, Bishop Wilton and Hilston in Holderness. The 5th Baronet worked with the architects C. Hodgson Fowler, George Edmund Street and Temple Moore. His achievements were far greater than his father's, and unparalleled elsewhere in Britain. He financed work on 17 rural churches between 1866 and 1913.

Churches on the tour

Southern circuit

Church Village Notes Grid ref Picture
St Elgin North Frodingham Restored in stages between 1877 and 1891 by the 5th Baronet. The top part of the Perpendicular tower was designed by Temple Moore. TA101531 St Elgins Church North Frodingham.jpg
St Mary Sledmere Built in 1893–8, to a design by Temple Moore, at a cost of £60,000. Stained glass by H.V. Milner and Burlison and Grylls. SE930645 St Mary, Sledmere.jpg
St Mary Cowlam A small mediæval church restored in 1852 to a design by Mary E Sykes, daughter of the 4th Baronet. SE966655 St Mary Cowlam.jpg
St Michael Garton on the Wolds Dates from around 1120 and was restored in 1856–7 with stained glass by Clayton and Bell to a design of J.L.Pearson. SE982593 Saint Michael and All Angels Church, Garton on the Wolds, Yorkshire, England - 2004.jpg
St Mary Kirkburn A Norman church that was restored in 1856–7 when it had a porch added. SE979550 St Mary, Kirkburn.jpg
St Nicholas Wetwang Another church of Norman origin which was restored by both Baronets between 1845 and 1902. SE930591 St Nicholas Church, Wetwang.jpg
St Mary Fridaythorpe Restored in 1902–3 with the addition of a new north aisle designed by C. Hodgson Fowler and stained glass by Burlison and Grylls SE875591 St Mary's Church, Fridaythorpe.jpg
St Mary Thixendale One of a group of village buildings constructed to designs by G.E.Street in 1868–70. SE841611 St Mary, Thixendale.jpg
St Mary Fimber Built in 1869–71 in a thirteenth-century style to replace a chapel of ease. SE895605 Fimber.jpg
St Edith Bishop Wilton Faithfully restored in 1858–9 with lavish internal embellishment to designs of J.L.Pearson. SE797552 St Edith's Church, Bishop Wilton.jpg
St Mary Wansford Newly built in 1866–8 to designs by G.E.Street. TA061566 St Mary , Wansford.jpg

Possible northern circuit

Church Village Notes Grid ref Image
St Andrew East Heslerton Newly built in 1877 to a design by G.E.Street and is now a Grade I listed building. SE927767 St Andrews Church East Heslerton June 2009 (Nigel Coates).jpg
St Hilda Sherburn, Yorkshire Restored by the architect C. Hodgson Fowler between 1909 and 1913. SE959774 St Hilda's Church, Sherburn.jpg
St Andrew Kirby Grindalythe restored in 1872–5 to a design by G.E.Street[2] SE903675 Kirby Grindalythe Church June 2009 (Nigel Coates).jpg
St Mary West Lutton Set in the Great Wold Valley and has an atmosphere of peace and wide open spaces. The architect was G. E. Street and the stained glass is by Burlinson and Grylls.[3] SE930692 West Lutton St. Mary's Church June 2009 (Nigel Coates).jpg
St Peter Helperthorpe Stands above the village. The original wooden church was pulled down in 1872 and replaced in 1875. The church and vicarage were designed by architect G.E.Street.[4] SE952704 St Peter Helperthorpe.jpg
St Andrew Weaverthorpe A stone built church with a Norman tower and unusual round staircase which protrudes on the exterior of the tower. It was restored by G.E.Street in 1870–72.[5] SE966711 Weaverthorpe Church.jpg
St Peter Langtoft, Yorkshire This was a restoration, by C. Hodgson Fowler, in 1900–03 when the north aisle was added.[6] TA007670 St Peter, Langtoft.jpg
St Margaret Hilston Probably of 12th-century origin, it was demolished and rebuilt to designs by J. L. Pearson in 1861–2. This new church suffered extensive bomb damage in 1941 and was rebuilt in 1956–7 to designs by Francis Johnson of Bridlington, reusing a Norman doorway from the original church and some 19th-century stained glass windows.[7] TA289335 St Margaret, Hilston.jpg

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