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Selby Abbey

 

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  • One of the stained glass windows in the church called the Washington Window is a medieval piece that commemorates George Washington's ancestors. Featuring stars and stripes, it is thought to show the inspiration of the American flag and is almost identical to the flag of the District of Columbia.
  • The main tower of the Abbey collapsed in 1690 destroying the south transept. Although the tower was rebuilt the transept had to wait until the mid 19th century.
  • Much of the Abbey burned down in 1906 and was restored under the supervision of John Oldrid Scott. As well as rebuilding the gutted nave, those controlling the abbey to advantage of the near-disaster by rebuilding other bits of the, by then, crumbling church.
  • The building has been continually added to and enhanced architecturally since Norman times with the most notable changes of the 20th century being the extension upwards of the western towers to their present height in 1935. This can also be seen clearly from the styling of the building which moves from Romanesque to Gothic with each new level.

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Renovation Architect
John Oldrid Scott

Reference Data

Reference No.
5931
First Uploaded
28-02-2009
Last Editorial Date
04-06-2009
 

Building Location

Address
Market Place, Selby. YO8
Council
Selby District Council
County
North Yorkshire
Region
Yorkshire and Humber
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Construction start date
1069
Completion date
1935
Heritage Status
Grade I
Style
Gothic

Pinnacle Height (AGL)
43.00
Pinnacle Type
Spire
Roof Height (AGL)
37.00

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Primary Use
Place of Worship


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