Walker Syke, South Crosland

Walker Syke, also known as "Walker Sike" and "Walker Sykes", is the name of a historic farm situated in South Crosland, off Intake Lane.

The farm appears on the 1854 Ordnance Survey map and has been run by the Sykes family for over 170 years.

History

According to the Census returns, the number of buildings gradually expanded in the mid-1800s. By the early 1880s, it seems that a fourth property had been built and this eventually became the separate Hadden Farm.

In 1896, William Henry Sykes was one of the people nominated for the South Crosland District Council.

In March 1940, H. Sykes advertised in the Yorkshire Post for an "all-round farmer man."[1]

Walker Syke is currently operated as a diary farm by Herbert Sykes & Sons.

Census Returns

1841 farmer William Sykes (60), Ann Sykes (55), Charles Sykes (20), Elizabeth Sykes (20), William Sykes (15) and Sarah Sykes (5)
1851 agricultural labourer William Sykes (70) and his wife Ann Sykes (69)
farmer of 30 acres Charles Sykes (33), his wife Mary A. Sykes (35), their children Eliza A. Sykes (4), Walter W. Sykes (2) and Mary J. Sykes (1), and agricultural labourer George Harling (21)
farmer of 30 acres William Sykes (28), his wife Elizabeth Sykes (24), their children Sarah J. Sykes (5), George H. Sykes (3) and Martha A. Sykes (1), agricultural labourer David Brooksbank (24) and general servant Emma Sykes (13)
1861 farmer of 27 acres William Sykes (38), his wife Elizabeth Sykes (34), and their children Sarah P. Sykes (15), Martha A. Sykes (12), William H. Sykes (9), Emmeline Sykes (7), Edwin Sykes (5) and Ellen S. Sykes (2)[2]
farmer of 27 acres Charles Sykes (44), his wife Mary A. Sykes (46), and their children Eliza A. Sykes (14), Walter W. Sykes (12), Mary W. Sykes (11), Charles W. Sykes (9), Edwin Sykes (7) and Emma Sykes (3)
retired widower farmer William Sykes (80)
1871 farmer of 30 acres William Sykes (47), his wife Elizabeth Sykes (44), their children Sarah J. Sykes (25), Martha A. Sykes (21), William H. Sykes (19), Emeline Sykes (17), Oswin Sykes (15) and Ellen S. Sykes (12), and grandsons Joe Sykes (11 months) and Albert Pogson (11 months)
farmer of 30 acres Charles Sykes (54), his wife Mary A. Sykes (55), and their children Eliza A. Sykes (24), Walter W. Sykes (22), Mary J. Sykes (21), Charles H. Sykes (19), Edwin Sykes (17) and Emma Sykes (13)
retired widower farmer William Sykes (90)[3]
1881 farmer of 27 acres William Sykes (57), his wife Elizabeth Sykes (55), children Emeline Sykes (27) and Owsin Sykes (25), grandson Joe Sykes (10), niece and domestic servant Ada Sykes (19), and farm servant John W. Naylor (20)
farmer of 27 acres Charles Sykes (64), his wife Mary A. Sykes (66), their children Eliza A. Sykes (34), Charles H. Sykes (29) and Emma Sykes (23), and their servant Mary Lunn (14)
master oil extractor Abraham Lambert (37), his wife Alice Lambert (33), their children Alfred Lambert (14), George Lambert (12), Florence Lambert (10) and Clara Lambert (7)
1891 farmer William Henry Sykes (39), his wife Fanny Sykes (37), their children Wilfred Sykes (10), Alice Sykes (7) and Annie Sykes (3), and farm labour Hiram Whitley (21)
farmer Walter William Sykes (42), his wife Jane Sykes (41), their children Charles William Sykes (12), Brook Sykes (11), Hannah Sykes (9) and Arthur (3), and farm servant Robert Iveson (25).
retired farmer living on his own means William Sykes (68) and his wife Elizabeth Sykes (65)
farmer Oswin Sykes (35), his wife Sarah Sykes (33), their children William Edwin Sykes (7), James Albert Sykes (5) and Ethel Sykes (1), and farm labourer James Beevers (22)
1901 farmer William Henry Sykes (49), his wife Fanny (47), their children Fred Sykes (20), Fred Sykes (17), Annie Sykes (13), Clara Sykes (8) and Frank Sykes (4), and farm carter Edwin Proctor (16)
widow farmer Jane Sykes (51), her children farmer's son Charles William Sykes (22), butcher Brook Sykes (21), Hannah Sykes (19) and Arthur Sykes (13), farm carter Lawrence Grasby (18), and cattle man Samuel Barrett (16)
one unoccupied property
Hadden Farm — farmer Oswin Sykes (45), his wife Sarah Sykes (43), their children farmer's son William Edwin Sykes (17), Ethel Sykes (11), Hilda Sykes (8) and Elsie Sykes (4)
1911 farmer William Henry Sykes (59), his wife Fanny Sykes (57), their children dairy worker Alice Sykes (27), dairy worker Annie Sykes (23), part time teacher Clara Sykes (18) and Frank Sykes (14), and farm labourer Joe Bottomley (28)
farmer Brook Sykes (31), his wife Eva Annie Sykes (23), and farm waggoner Fred Pears (19)
farm labourer Wilfred Sykes (30), his wife Ann Sykes (30), and their daughter Edith Sykes (3)
Hadden Farm — farmer Oswin Sykes (55), his wife Sarah Sykes (53), and their daughters Ethel Sykes (21), Hilda Sykes (18) and Elsie Sykes (14)

Location

Notes and References

  1. Yorkshire Post (02/Mar/1940).
  2. Elizabeth gave birth to a boy in August 1862 who was baptised Joe Sykes but who died aged 5 weeks old.
  3. William Sykes senior died on 24 April 1872, aged 91.