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Description: Sir Tatton Sykes Memorial Tower
Date Listed: 20 September 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 167823
OS Grid Reference: SE9573361826
OS Grid Coordinates: 495733, 461826
Latitude/Longitude: 54.0435, -0.5395
GARTON ON THE WOLDS GARTON HILL
SE 96 SE (west side)
5/12 Sir Tatton Sykes Memorial
20.9.66 (formerly listed as The
Memorial tower. '1865' on plaque. By J Gibbs of Oxford to the memory of
Sir Tatton Sykes 4th Baronet of Sledmere d1863 and erected for Sir Tatton
Sykes 5th Baronet,funded by voluntary subscriptions. Magnesian limestone
and reddish sandstone ashlar. Approximately square on plan, 120 feet high,
tapering to spire and with 3 stages. Polychrome, Gothic Revival style. To
angles are polychrome 'buttresses'. Entrance to lower stage a pointed plank
door within surround with foliate capitals supporting roll-moulded arch.
Above 2 bands of foliate modillions,the upper one supports central band with
plaque,above inscription carried around tower: 'ERECTED TO THE MEMORY OF /
SIR TATTON SYKES BARONET / BY THOSE WHO LOVED HIM AS A FRIEND / AND HONOURED
HIM AS A LANDLORD'. Sculptured relief above of Sir Tatton on horseback
beneath a tree within trefoil-headed, pointed roll-moulded arch below
jointed gable with shields and 3 stars, the whole arch being supported on
squat octagonal polychrome responds with foliate capitals. Similar squat
piers to angles which rest on the buttresses and which are surmounted by
cornices inscribed with monogram 'TS' and pinnacles. Arch interrupts first-
stage foliate band. Second stage. Polychrome band ornamented with star
motif (again interrupted by gable). Above a further red band, then 2-light,
pointed window with red nook-shafts and shaft between, all with foliate
capitals and with polychrome star to arch. Polychrome band above carries
inscription which runs around the tower: 'THE MEMORY / OF THE JUST / IS
BLESSED / PROVERBS X 7'. Above,a single, trefoil-headed light with shafts
to sides. Polychrome band. Third stage cornice. Acanthus and anthemion
motif supports date plaque. Above are 3 lancet lights with shafts between in
oriel windows beneath gables. Octagonal spire with star and foliate cornice
to base and ornamented with monogram 'TS' and with finials. Cross at apex.
Sides are similar, but with trefoiled niches to lower stage and with further
sculpted panel to left side showing farm implements and tree. Pevsner N,
Yorkshire, York and the East Riding, 1979, p 346.
Listing NGR: SE9573361826
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Source: English Heritage
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