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St Michael & All Angels Church, Garton on the Wolds

Brief History of the Church

St Michael and All Angels dates back to the Norman times, circa 1132. In the 19th century it was restored by John Loughborough Pearson, with funding from Sir Tatton Sykes, 4th Baronet of Sledmere House. Later his son, Sir Tatton Sykes, 5th Baronet, employed George Edmund Street to furnish the church. It was eulogised by Nicholas Pevsner and is a popular visitor attraction due to its unique interior;  the walls and ceilings are decorated in colourful murals depicting various biblical scenes. It has highly geometric floors in the altar and nave.

The Church is on the Sykes Churches Trail devised by the East Yorkshire Historic Churches Group. The 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.

Extract from The Times, August 10th 2013...........

"This year is the centenery of the death of Sir Tatton Sykes, fifth baronet, of Sledmere - also in the Wolds. An exhibition at Sledmere House tells of how between 1856 and 1913 he and his father, inspired by the Oxford Movement, built or restored 18 local churches, using some of the greatest ecclesiastical architects, including Pearson, Street, and Temple Moore. It was perhaps the greatest private ecclesiastical building programme in English history, leaving an important group of small rural churches. They include St Michael and All Angels, Garton on the Wolds, with its Victorian wall paintings; St Andrew's, Weaverthorpe, a superb Norman church with rich furnishings; St Mary's at Sledmere, with its lavish Anglo-Catholic stained glass, and St Edith at Bishop Wilton, with floor mosaics modelled on those of St Peter's, Rome."

St Michael & All Angels

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