Arthur Ashley Sykes was born in London and died there from paralysis at his house in Cavendish Square, on 23 November 1756. He was educated at St Paul's School, London and at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (BA, 1705; MA, 1708). He was ordained deacon in 1705 and priest in 1707. He returned to St Paul's as a teacher for a time before becoming vicar of Godmersham in Kent in 1713. In 1714 he was appointed rector of Dry Drayton, near Cambridge, a benefice which he resigned on becoming rector of Rayleigh in Essex in 1718. In the same year he also became afternoon preacher at King Street Chapel in the parish of St James', Picadilly, being nominated to that office by Samuel Clarke, and in 1721 he became morning preacher there. Elected to a prebendal stall at Salisbury in 1724 he was made Precentor in 1727. He was appointed assistant preacher at St James' in 1725, Dean of St Burien in Cornwall in 1739, and a prebendary at Winchester in 1740. He became a Doctor of Divinity at Cambridge in 1726.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.