The restoration will be carried out in two phases with an estimated total cost of £3 million.

Phase 1

The smaller of the two projects concentrates on the Abbey’s south side where the water damage is worse and will include the re-leading of the south nave aisle roof.  Cost £950,000.  Work commences in summer 2020 with completion in December.

Phase 2

Focus on the extensive repairs to the gutters on the north transept, the central tower and the north side of the nave.  Cost £2 million.


Appeal Update



  The Roof Appeal Fund is commencing with £100,000

  We will research the potential for grants from Heritage

organisations, the National Lottery and Charitable Trusts and Foundations

   We will explore donations from individuals and businesses

as well as business sponsorship

   We have plans to hold an annual celebrity organ recital series


Meeting the cost


For a donation of over £10,000

Your name will be inscribed on a Major Donors’ Board permanently displayed in the Abbey.

For a minimum donation of £500

You can support the 950th Anniversary Roof Appeal by purchasing a masonry block which will be used to replace a piece of damaged medieval stone.  Donors will be given certificates signed by the Bishop of Selby recognising their generosity and identifying where their stone will be placed.

The names of all donors will be recorded in the benefactors’ book on permanent display in the Abbey.

We have achieved so much in recent years with your generous support but we are asking for your help once more.




'The names of all donors will be recorded in the benefactors’ book on permanent display in the Abbey.'

Chairman of Trustees

John Engelhart


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


David Sherriff