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Commemorating the centenary of the death of Sir Tatton Sykes 5th Bt of Sledmere, the great benefactor of the churches on the Yorkshire Wolds



Bust of Sir Tatton at Sherburn4-6 May 2013

During the Bank Holiday weekend all of the celebrated Sykes churches on the Yorkshire Wolds will be open, some with refreshments and special exhibitions, providing a rare opportunity for you to freely experience the splendour of these buildings (see further details below)


Exhibition in Sledmere House 26 April – 27 October 2013

Between 1856 and 1913 Sir Tatton Sykes, 4th baronet (1772-1863) and Sir Tatton Sykes, 5th baronet (1826-1913) of Sledmere built, rebuilt or restored 18 rural churches in East Yorkshire, chiefly on the Wolds. It was the aim of Sir Tatton Sykes II 'perhaps the greatest English church builder of the 19th century', to create centres of 'Christian Art and Worship' and he spent a fortune to produce some of the finest village churches in Britain.

St Mary, SledmereThe East Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust has secured funding from LEADER Coast, Wolds, Wetlands and Waterways programme to build on the work it began with a LEADER+ Church Tourism Initiative project in 2005-2008.

The project, run in consultation with the Diocese of York, aims to increase the appreciation, understanding, accessibility and community use of historic churches; and through advice, training and capacity building, improve confidence within rural communities and congregations to ‘own’, manage, maintain, and promote these buildings to ensure a sustainable future for what is at the core of the area’s distinctive history and identity. The project manager is David Neave.  


St Andrew's Church, Kirby Grindalythe has been chosen as the National & Regional Winner in English Heritage's Caring for Places of Worship Awards.

The Caring for Places of Worship Awards are English Heritage's way of recognising and paying special tribute to congregations across the country which have excelled in the various categories. These include their ability to mobilise volunteers, raise funds and keep their building in use against the odds - the threat of redundancy, for example.