950 ROOF APPEAL
Our current appeal is our 950 Roof Appeal. It is a £3million appeal hoping to restore stained glass, masonry, guttering and the roof over the nave, aisles, transepts and central tower. 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 medieval is becoming eroded and damaged. The defects are worsening the decay. It is important to address these issues to ensure the Abbey can remain to be used by the local community and Selby can share it heritage. We've already raised the first million and works have begun.
The the Nave gutters; Nave South Aisle roof and the North Transept’s west gutter 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.