1941: Introduction

The introduction to the sale catalogue includes:

(Front Cover)

Yorkshire - East Riding


The Sledmere Estate

at the

at :11-0 a.m,
on Monday, September 29th, 1941

Messrs. CRUST, TODD, MILLS & Co.,
34, Lairgate                           Beverley

Land Agents:
Messrs. TODD & THORP
Estate Office . Sledmere
Telephone Wetwang 21

15, Bond Street                 Leeds 1
and at London, Northampton, Cirencester,
Yeovil, Dublin, etc.

(Inside Cover)

By direction of Sir Richard Sykes, Bart.


Malton - 9 Miles Scarborough - 10 Miles Driffield - 6 Miles


Sledmere Estate

Extending to about

7,000 ACRES

and producing a total and estimated rental of approximately

£4,900 per annum







at 11a.m.

Solicitors : Messrs. CRUST TODD, MILLS & CO., 34, Lairgate, Beverley. (Tel. 536/7).

Land Agents : Messrs. TODD & THORP, Estate Office, Slodmere (Tel. Wetwang 21).

Auctioneers : JACKSON STOPS & STAFF, 15, Bond Street, Leeds 1. (Tel 31269 and 31260).
 and at London, Northampton, Cirencester, Yeovil, Dublin, etc.

Historical Review

“This fertile island.” Winston Churchill

There is ample evidence that the soft folds of the Yorkshire Wolds have sheltered men and their families from time immemorial. Even before the Conquest, before the Romans, men knew something of the qualities of the soil in this romantic part of England, although it remained for the Sykes family to develop the Wolds as they are known today.

In the middle of the 18th Century the total respective rent rolls from the Parishes of Helperthorpe, Weaverthorpe, and Fimber, were £42, £85, and £11, which well illustrates what little importance the agricultural land held in those localities at this time. The greater part of the extensive area of the Estate which was inherited by Richard Sykes, High Sheriff of Yorkshire, in 1752 was nothing more than sheep runs or derelict tracts of waste. At that time, the Englishman’s conception of the East Riding of Yorkshire must have been far removed from what has now come to be accepted as its typical appearance : large, open corn fields and stately farmsteads, snugly protected by mature timber belts. When Sir Richard died in 1761, the Estate passed to his brother, Sir Mark Sykes, and it was his son, Christopher, who began from this date the work of enclosing and cultivating the waste land. Sir Christopher inherited the Estate in 1782, by which time, through his exertions, the future of the East Riding was beginning to be visualised, and inspired by Sir Christopher’s example, eventually the whole of the WoId area, upwards of 150,000 acres, was cultivated, and in the place of the wide open tracts of waste and whins came the silken sheen of the wind-swept barley, and the creation of some of the finest agricultural land in Yorkshire.

On the death of Sir Christopher Sykes the property was inherited by his eldest son, Sir Mark Masterman Sykes, and on his death by his second son, Sir Tatton Sykes; both of whom contributed to the completion of the agricultural work of their father. So completely is the tradition of the Sykes family wrapped up in the history of Thixendale, and the other lands at present under review that it is hoped to preserve the continuity of the village life as it has been known over the years that have gone. This aim can be best achieved by keeping the land as much as possible in one ownership, and although separate Lots are being made of the different farmsteads and cottages, every facility will be offered in the first place to attract a new owner for the whole.

Also associated with Sledmere, of course, is the famous stud farm which Sir Mark Masterman Sykes founded in 1810, and which has been carried on with uninterrupted success from that date to the present day. It is well known that this stud has bred some of the most famous horses in the annals of British racing, which again pays great tribute to the quality of Wold land.

Notes and General Remarks

INSPECTION. - These Particulars will admit to view by permission of the respective tenants, but intending purchasers are asked kindly to notify the Auctioneers if possible before visiting the Estate.

SITUATION. - The Estate lies between Malton and Scarborough, from the snugly hidden village of Thixendale in the West, across broad acres of cultivated Wold laud through Fimber to Wetwang and Weaverthorpe in the East. Amidst the quiet and seclusion of these valleys is preserved the peaceful confident existence of the English countryside, yet the Farms are no great distance from the popular resort of Scarborough, or the busy market capital of York, and the Homesteads enjoy many of the comforts of modem urban life, such as in many cases main water and modern sanitation, in spite of the rural setting.

TENURE. - The Estate is freehold.

FARM HOUSES, BUILDINGS, AND COTTAGES. - The Farm Houses and Steadings are a feature of the district. They stand out as magnificent well-planned Homesteads, almost as fortresses against the ravages of agricultural depression, and today are symbolic of the successful preservation of the whole districts The Buildings are in good order and. planned on generous lines, for the greater part well arranged round the home which is designed as a central feature. Typical of the wold farms are the timber belts planted round the Homesteads, and these have been exceedingly well kept. and offer adequate shelter and an atmosphere of comfort and security.

THE LAND. - The land for the greater part is the usual wold type, generally of a chalky nature, but heavier in the valleys. It is famous for barley and corn crops as a whole, though there is also good grazing and sheep runs.

SHOOTING. - The shooting is in hand and the benefit thereof will pass to the Purchasers. The land offers good mixed shooting, but is perhaps more particularly noted for the partridge drives,

HUNTING. - The country is hunted by the East Middleton hounds.

MARKETS - The Estate is well situated for the important markets at Malton, Driffield, and York.

OUTGOINGS. - One of the most outstanding features of the whole Estate are the exceptionally low outgoings. These could almost be described as negligible compared with the area under offer.


(Which shall be deemed to form part of the Conditions of Sale under which the property will be offered).

1. SALE PARTICULARS - The Plan and quantities are based on the Ordnance Survey, and are believed to be correct, but any error or omission or mis-statement shall not annul the sale nor entitle any party to be discharged from the contract of sale and purchase or to any abatement or damages or compensation.

2. RIGHTS, OUTGOINGS and EASEMENTS.-The Property and each Lot is sold and will be conveyed subject to all rights of way, water, sewerage, support, light and other easements, and also subject to all quasi easements (if any) over any other Lot comprised in this Sale and also subject to all outgoings or charges connected with or chargeable upon it whether mentioned in these Particulars or not. Except where otherwise specified in the Particulars, each Lot is sold with the benefit of any easements or of any quasi easements affecting the same whether mentioned in the Sale Particulars or not over any other Lots comprised in the Sale including the continuance of any means of supply (when these exist) of water, light, or electricity though or over any other such Lot, as at present existing, together with all necessary rights of access for maintenance, renewal and repair, and the conveyance of each Lot shall contain such reservation and covenants as the Vendor’s Solicitors deem necessary or expedient for their protection in connection with these stipulations and such exceptions and reservations.

3. APPORTIONMENTS OF OUTGOINGS AND RENTS. - Except for Outgoings expressly stated in the Particulars the Vendor is not aware of any Outgoings other than Local Rates, Property Tax, etc. For the convenience of the Purchasers, the Rents and Outgoings are approximately shown, but the Vendors shall not be liable to cause formal apportionments to be made.

Where lands in one tenancy are sold in more than one Lot, the Purchasers must make their own arrangements for giving notice to quit or otherwise in respect of such tenancy.

4. BOUNDARIES, APPORTIONMENTS, ETC, - Each Purchaser shall be deemed to have knowledge of the various Lots and the boundaries thereof, but if any dispute shall arise between the Vendor and any Purchaser or between two Purchasers as to the ownership or position of any boundary of any Lot, or any point whatsoever arising out of these Particulars the matter in dispute shall be referred to the arbitration of Mr. S. E. Denman, B.Sc., P.A.S.I, of Messrs. Jackson Stops and Staff, Survey House, 15, Bond Street, Leeds I, whose decision shall be conclusive and binding on all parties and whose costs shall be paid as he may decide, and all parties shall accept as final the awards of the said arbitrator.

5. UNSOLD LOTS.-Where any Lot is unsold or is sold but the sale thereof not completed the Vendor shall stand in the place of the Purchaser for the purposes of these Stipulations.

6. RIGHTS OF THE OCCUPIERS - The land is sold subject to all rights of the occupiers, and each purchaser shall take and pay to the outgoing occupier (or where the lands are in hand to the Vendor) the tenant right according to the custom of the country or the Agricultural Holdings Act, 1923, and shall indemnify the Vendor therefrom, and no set-off dilapidations or waste shall be made by the Purchaser against the Vendor where the Vendor is the occupier. Where a holding at present let has been divided into two or more Lots for the purpose of sales any sums payable for disturbance or manurial values to the outgoing tenant shall be apportioned acreably between the owner for the time being of the various lots.

7. CULTIVATIONS - The descriptions of the cultivation of the lands are believed to represent their present state but are not intended to determine which lands are arable and which are permanent pasture within the meaning of the term of the tenancy conditions, and such descriptions shall not affect the rights of any tenant to alter such cultivation, or to compensation for laying down lands to permanent pasture. Copies of such leases and tenancy agreements and other documents affecting the rights of the tenants or affecting the various Lots as are in writing and at present exist may be inspected any time during business hours, during fourteen days prior to the Auction Sale, at the offices of Messrs. Crust, Todd, Mills & Co., 34, Lairgate, Beverley, and each purchaser shall, whether he has inspected the said documents or not, be deemed to have full knowledge of same. The sale of each Lot and the description thereof is subject to all notices directing ploughing up of grassland issued by the War Agricultural Committee or other body under the Emergency Legislation, and the Vendor shall be held in no way liable for the operation or effect of these orders or any claims that may from time to time arise therefrom.

8. FIXTURES - All such fixtures as are usually denominated Landlord’s fixtures and belong to the Vendor are included in the sale, but Tenant’s fixtures whether mentioned in the Particulars or shown on the Plan or not are expressly excluded.

9, PLANNING. - Each Lot is sold subject to any Planning Schemes now or hereafter affecting same, and to any building or improvement lines prescribed by the County Council or competent Authority.

10. ORDER OF SALE. - The Vendor reserves the right to sell the whole Estate or any Block or Lot, or part of any Lot, before the Auction, to alter the order of the Sale, to amalgamate Lots or to withdraw the whole or any Lots, or parts thereof, without declaring the reserve price..

11. TIMBER - The whole of the growing timber on the Estate or any Lot is included in the sale.

12. SPORTING - The sporting rights over the whole Estate are in hand and the benefit thereof will pass to the Purchasers of the Estate or of each Lot respectively. This does not apply to Lot 11, where the sporting rights are included in the Tenant’s rent.

13. ACCOMMODATION AND APPROACH ROADS, BRIDLE ROADS, AND FOOTPATHS - All Lots are sold subject to and with the benefit of any existing Car, Carriageway, Cartway, and other visible modes of ingress and egress, whether or not they are shown on the plans herein embodied or referred to in the particulars that may now be enjoyed over all or any Accommodation or Approach Roads, Cartways, Bridle Roads and Footpaths, or across any Lots referred to in these Particulars. Where not repairable by any County or Local Authority the Owners of all Lots using and enjoying the aforementioned rights or any similar rights referred to in the Particulars, shall contribute to the cost of repairs and maintenance of the affected ways according to the terms of any existing agreement, custom or arrangement, or in the event of the non-existence of any such agreement, custom or arrangement then in proportionate sums according to the actual usage made of such ways.

14. ORDERS BY LOCAL COUNTY AND PUBLIC AUTHORITIES - Any requirements or orders which are or may be made or served by the Local County or Public Authority affecting the whole or any part of the Estate shall be complied with by the Purchasers of any Lots affected by such requirements or orders whether mentioned in these Particulars or not who shall keep the Vendor so indemnified.


Farm Drainage
£ s. d.
£ s. d.
£ s. d.
£ s. d.
2 Manor Farm     1 10 0  
4 Dotterill Cottage Farm     1 0 0  
33 Gameslack Farm     1 0 0  
34 Field House Farm       12 0 0
35 Ling Farm   22 16 04 8 10 0  
49 Rotsea Carr Farm 48 13 0      
    £48 13 0 £22 16 04 £13 0 0 £12 0 0
        Total Outgoings £96 9 4

Mode of Offering

The Estate will be offered first as a whole, and if not so sold then in the respective Blocks detailed in the Particulars and where any Block is withdrawn then the individual Lots comprising such Block will be offered separately.


1941 Sale - Cover
1941 Sale - Inside Cover
1941 Sale - Historical Review
1941 Sale - Notes and General Remarks
1941 Sale - Stipulations 1 to 5
1941 Sale - Stipulations 6 to 13
1941 Sale - Stipulations 14 to 15