Sledmere

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Coordinates: 54°04′17″N 0°34′35″W / 54.071429°N 0.576323°W / 54.071429; -0.576323

Sledmere
Sledmere is located in East Riding of Yorkshire
Sledmere
Sledmere
 Sledmere shown within the East Riding of Yorkshire
OS grid reference SE932648
Civil parish Sledmere and Croome
Unitary authority East Riding of Yorkshire
Ceremonial county East Riding of Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DRIFFIELD
Postcode district YO25
Dialling code 01377
Police Humberside
Fire Humberside
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament East Yorkshire
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Sledmere is a village in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England, about 7 miles (11 km) north-west of Driffield on the B1253 road.

Sledmere Cottages

Together with the hamlet of Croome it forms the civil parish of Sledmere and Croome.

Local points of interest include Sledmere House, a Georgian country house. Built in 1751 by Richard Sykes, the house has remained in the Sykes family since then. It is now the home of Sir Tatton Sykes, 8th baronet.

The Sledmere Monument is about 2 miles (3 km) south-east of the village, along the B1252 road, on top of Garton Hill. It is 120 feet (37 m) tall and is a tribute to Sir Tatton Sykes, 4th Baronet, built by his friends in 1865.

The war memorial in the village, designed by Sir Mark Sykes, 6th baronet, is dedicated to the Wolds Wagoners Reserve, a regiment 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.

Sledmere is also the site of a replica Eleanor cross: this was designated a Grade II listed building in September 1966.[1]

Sledmere Cross

The 'Sledmere Cross' takes the form of an Eleanor Cross and is a true 'folly' that 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 armor with the inscription “Laetare Jerusalem (Rejoice Jerusalem)”.

Sledmere Castle

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.

The church of St Mary is one of the churches on the Sykes Churches Trail.[2] In 1966 the church was designated a Grade II* listed building.[3]

Sledmere was served by Sledmere and Fimber railway station on the Malton and Driffield Railway between 1853 and 1950.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ English Heritage. "Eleanor cross ()". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Sykes Churches Trail Southern Route". Beverley, East Yorkshire: East Yorkshire Historic Churches Group. 
  3. ^ English Heritage. "Church of St Mary (1310183)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  4. ^ 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 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199. 
  • Gazetteer — A–Z of Towns Villages and Hamlets. East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 2006. p. 10. 

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