Recent inspections confirm that failing lead on the roofs and multiple cracks in the asphalt gutters are allowing water into the Abbey and as a result stonework, much of it mediaeval is becoming eroded and damaged. The defects are worstening the decay.
The next most urgent areas of repair are the Nave gutters; Nave South Aisle roof and the North Transept’s west gutter. All of these high-level gutters and roofs have reached the end of their lives and need replacing. Doing so requires expensive site access adjacent to areas that are also in need of masonry repair – especially the parapets.
Combining roofs and masonry gives better value for money but means a great deal of work overall. Doing this work is crucial to keeping water out and preserving the fabric of the Abbey.
The Selby Abbey Trust is determined to face this latest challenge and has launched the 950th Anniversary Roof Appeal.
We have achieved so much in recent years with your generous support but we are asking for your help once more.
Selby Abbey south side - new work areas shaded
South Nave Aisle door - salt efflorescence has caused serious stone damage
South Nave Aisle roof - lead slipping caused by failing fixings
Nave Aisle gutter - timber is exposed by failing lead
Selby Abbey north side - new work areas shaded
Nave roof meeting the tower - decay and leaking
Cracking in the North Nave gutter
'The Selby Abbey Trust is determined to face this latest challenge and has launched the 950th Anniversary Roof Appeal.'
Chairman of Trustees
The Rt Revd
Dr John Thomson,
Bishop of Selby
The Revd Canon
Vicar of Selby
Brig. Jeremy Gaskell, OBE
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