About Sykehouse

The civil parish of Sykehouse is a civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster iThe civil parish of Sykehouse is a civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster in South Yorkshire, England, on the border with the East Riding of Yorkshire. It had a population of 438 in 2001. 

Sykehouse is a largely rural area containing a handful of small hamlets. Its northern border is marked by the River Went, while theRiver Don marks its eastern boundary. The New Junction Canal bisects the parish. It is said to be the longest village in Yorkshire, as it stretches for nearly 8 miles (13 km) along its main street. Sykehouse is the origin of the extremely rare Sykehouse Russet apple, an old English variety which was thought to have been lost, but was rediscovered growing in gardens in Oxfordshire and the Doncaster area in 1999.

The Sykehouse Show is a traditional agricultural show which has taken place in Sykehouse annually since 1884, now held on the first Sunday in August. It is organised and run by the Sykehouse Show Society, which consists of a committee of around 25 volunteers including the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. Many of the current committee are descendants of the first Committee formed in 1884. A group of a further 20 volunteers assist around Show Day. It is a traditional village Agricultural Show, with Classes for Shire horses, Beef Cattle; Commercial, Jacob and Rare Breeds Sheep; Ponies, Hunters, Show Jumping and Gymkhana. The Sheaf Tossing Competition is a unique feature and very popular. There is a very busy Arts & Crafts Section and Horticulture and Agriculture Marquee as well. With Craft Stalls and Trade Stands, including rides for children and refreshments.

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