Restoring Selby Abbey
The great Norman Abbey of Selby, founded under William the Conqueror by Royal Charter, celebrates its 950th anniversary in 2019.
The Abbey is one of the few churches with monastic foundations to have survived the Dissolution of the Monasteries largely intact other than Westminster Abbey and those that gained cathedral status. As a result, it is one of the largest parish churches in England. The view from the Abbey’s Nave has been described as one of the most beautiful, powerful and intriguing church interiors in the land.
The Abbey gives the impression of unchanging serenity and poise, of a single inspiration reaching out from past centuries. The reality is dramatically different.
The North Yorkshire Abbey has survived centuries of political and religious turmoil as well as two disastrous fires. In recent decades, its existence has been threatened by extensive damage to its limestone that time and the elements have inflicted. So serious had the situation become that in 2002 the Abbey faced closure and was placed on the World Monuments’ Watch List of the World's 100 Most Endangered Historic Sites.
The Selby Abbey Trust has helped transform the Abbey’s fortunes with the completion of a £6-million restoration programme. In a building of such antiquity it is inevitable that there will always be fresh challenges and the Abbey is now facing a major new threat.
'The Abbey gives the impression of unchanging serenity and poise, of a single inspiration reaching out from past centuries. The reality is dramatically different.'
Chairman of Trustees
The Rt Revd
Dr John Thomson,
Bishop of Selby
The Revd Canon
Vicar of Selby Abbey
Brig. Jeremy Gaskell, OBE
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