Sykes Churches Trail

The Sykes Churches Trail is a tour of East Yorkshire churches which were built, rebuilt or restored by the Sykes family of Sledmere House in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. 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, G.E.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 of the southern circuitEdit

Southern circuit Key
BW = Bishop Wilton

C = Cowlam

F = Fridaythorpe

Fi = Fimber

GW = Garton on the Wolds

K = Kirkburn

NF = North Frodingham

S = Sledmere

T = Thixendale

W = Wansford

We = Wetwang

These include:[2]

Dedication Location Notes OS Grid square Image
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 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 Cowlam A small medieval church restored in 1852 to a design by Mary E Sykes, daughter of the 4th Baronet. SE966655  
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  
St Mary Kirkburn A Norman church that was restored in 1856–7 when it had a porch added. SE979550  
St Nicholas Wetwang Another church of Norman origin which was restored by both Baronets between 1845 and 1902. SE930591  
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 Thixendale One of a group of village buildings constructed to designs by G.E.Street in 1868–70. SE841611  
St Mary Fimber Built in 1869–71 in a thirteenth-century style to replace a chapel of ease. SE895605  
St Edith Bishop Wilton Faithfully restored in 1858–9 with lavish internal embellishment to designs of J.L.Pearson. SE797552  
St Mary Wansford Newly built in 1866–8 to designs by G.E.Street. TA061566  

Other Sykes churchesEdit

These include several churches previously in the East Riding which, after boundary changes, are now in North Yorkshire.[3]

Other Sykes churches Key

EH = East Heslerton

H = Helperthorpe

Hi = Hilston

K = Kirby Grindalythe

L = Langtoft

S = Sherburn

W = West Lutton

WE = Weaverthorpe

Dedication Location Notes OS Grid square 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 Hilda Sherburn, North Yorkshire A Grade I listed building restored by the architect C. Hodgson Fowler between 1909 and 1913. SE959774  
St Andrew Kirby Grindalythe Restored in 1872–5 to a design by G.E.Street and after a recent grant of about £175,000 from English Heritage the church is now a Grade II* listed building.[4] SE903675  
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.[5] SE930692  
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.[6] SE952704  
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 and is Grade I listed.[7] SE966711  
St Peter Langtoft, East Riding of Yorkshire This was a restoration, by C. Hodgson Fowler, in 1900–03 when the north aisle was added.[8] TA007670  
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 Mr. Francis Johnson of Bridlington, reusing a Norman doorway from the original church and some 19th-century stained glass windows.[9] TA289335  


  1. ^ " – Welcome to". Retrieved 3 October 2009.
  2. ^ East Yorkshire Historic Churches Group. "Sykes Churches Trail Southern Route". Beverley, East Yorkshire.
  3. ^ List of Sykes Churches. Beverley, East Yorkshire: East Yorkshire Historic Churches Group.
  4. ^ "Kirby Grindalythe Succeeded – So Can You!". EY Churches. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  5. ^ "St Mary's Church – West Lutton : Luttons and Weaverthorpe". Retrieved 7 October 2009.
  6. ^ "Helperthorpe and The Yorkshire Wolds". Retrieved 7 October 2009.
  7. ^ "Weaverthorpe – The Villages of the Yorkshire Wolds – Driffield YO25". Retrieved 7 October 2009.
  8. ^ "Driffield Online – The Digital Community for the Yorkshire Wolds". Retrieved 7 October 2009.
  9. ^ Worsley, Giles (7 October 1995). "Obituary; Francis Johnson – People, News". The Independent. London. Retrieved 19 October 2009.

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