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SELBY ABBEY

Revitalizing Selby community through stonework conservation

SELBY ABBEY
Selby, United Kingdom
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BACKGROUND

Although Selby Abbey is now a parish church, it was one of England’s great monastic churches, built on a grand scale and to a high level of architectural and artistic mastery. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

One of the main problems facing Selby Abbey is that despite its size, it is a parish church supported only by its parishioners. It therefore lacks the financial and technical support necessary for its upkeep. World Monuments Fund first intervened by listing the abbey on the Watch in 2002, providing much needed momentum for the campaign to save it from further deterioration. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Selby is a relatively rare survivor of intact medieval monastic architecture in England on a large scale. Selby’s importance before the Reformation cannot be overstated. In addition to its architectural merits, including close parallels with the iconic Durham Cathedral, it was also a mitered abbey, a papal privilege allowing the abbot to sit in the House of Lords.

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