The Leeds Mercury reviewed the book in July 1898 and concluded, "as a local history, the volume is not only interesting, but a mine of wealth for reference purposes."
Under the current terms of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, the copyright of literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works in the United Kingdom expires at the end of the period of 70 years from the end of the calendar year in which the author dies. Authors who died prior to 1925 were not eligible to have copyright on their works extended under the Duration of Copyright and Rights in Performances Regulations 1995, and their works were protected for a period of 50 years.
As Daniel Frederick Edward Sykes died in 1920, copyright on his works expired at the end of 1970 and was not restored by the 1995 amendment.
The book has been digitised and made available by the British Library.