Restoring Selby Abbey

The great Norman Abbey of Selby, founded under William the Conqueror by Royal Charter, celebrated 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

John Engelhart

Trustees

The Rt Revd

Dr John Thomson,

Bishop of Selby

The Revd Canon

John Weetman

Vicar of Selby Abbey

David Barstow

David Caulfield

Selby District Council

Stewart Skilbeck

Jennifer Cooke

Tom Pilcher

Angela Crossland

Selby District Council

Architect

David Sherriff

 

Celebrity Recitals

2021 & 2022

Free lunchtime organ recitals

Purchase programme

 

 

 

PRESENTED BY

The Selby Abbey Trust and

Viscount Organs

The Battle of  The Organs

FEATURING

Martin Baker and

 John Scott-Whiteley

WITH TIMPANIST

Barnaby Archer

September 3rd 2021 at 7.30pm

Tickets include glass of   wine or soft drink.

Front nave £16.00 including delivery.

 Rear Nave £11.00 including delivery.

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