Selby Abbey, Selby

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Selby Abbey is an Anglican parish church in the town of Selby, North Yorkshire, England.Monastic historyIt is one of the relatively few surviving abbey churches of the medieval period, and, although not a cathedral, is one of the biggest. It was founded by Benedict of Auxerre in 1069 and subsequently built by the de Lacy family.On 31 May 1256, the Abbey was bestowed with the grant of a Mitre by Pope Alexander IV and from this date was a "Mitred Abbey". This privilege fell in abeyance a number of times, but on 11 April 1308, Archbishop William Greenfield confirmed the grant, and Selby remained a "Mitred Abbey" until the Dissolution of the Monasteries.Archbishop Walter Giffard visited the monastery in 1275 by commission, and several monks and the Abbot were charged with a list of faults including loose living, (many complaints referred to misconduct with married women). In 1279 Archbishop William de Wickwane made a visitation, and found fault with the Abbot as he did not observe the rule of St Benedict, was not singing mass, preaching or teaching, and seldom attending chapter. Things had not improved much in 1306 when Archbishop William Greenfield visited and similar visitations in later years resulted in similar findings.
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  • August 20, 2017
    We called in at Selby to fill a couple of hours and wasn't disappointed. The Abbey has a presence that cannot be ignored and we were lured in. WOW, it's much bigger than you think and so rich in histo...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    I was Best Man for my brother in law on 19th August 2017. The Abbey is an amazing building and certainly well worth a visit if you're in the area. The choir were fantastic and random visitors were all...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    My Wife and I were married here on the 27th May 2017, we initially chose the Abbey because of the look, however as we didn't live in the Parish we needed to attend, so we did (we chose to attend at le...  more »
  • Very beautiful and very friendly. Wheelchair access is via the entrance in the South wall of the Abbey, towards the east end.
  • Pros. Awesome building and shortcut. Cons. This religion won't run on my device.
  • A cafĂ©! The History! The local knowledge of the town! The peace and tranquillity! Dog friendly to well behaved dogs!
  • Fantastic building with variety of activities
  • What a beautiful and mysterious place, about a millennium old! Great piece of art, after York minster this one is the next one to see!

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