Yesterday, we went over to Selby where Shirley's sister now dwells. We were delivering an item of furniture and had lunch over there. That was before we had been into the centre of town. Almost incredibly, you can park there for two hours for free! Other town councils please take note.
Shirley and Carolyn wanted to explore a few shops - but that did not appeal to me so instead I decided to pay Selby Abbey another visit. I hadn't been inside for a few years. It is an impressive church with many of its Norman features still present. Once it was at the heart of a monastic settlement that effectively ruled the surrounding district - never imagining that King Henry VIII would demand The Dissolution of the Monasteries and a breakaway from the Catholic influence of Rome.
Fortunately, Selby Abbey was spared from destruction when so many other abbeys were ruined by order of the king.
|The Washington Window, Selby Abbey|
|Magnificent stone work in Selby Abbey|
Up in the abbey's clerestory windows, above the high altar, there's a fourteenth century stained glass panel that should be of special interest to all American patriots. It is by far the earliest example of a stained glass window that includes the Washington coat of arms. I am talking here about the family of one George Washington, the first president of The United States. In fact, it is called The Washington Window.
It is generally believed that the design of "The Stars and Stripes" evolved from the Washington coat of arms. Apparently, George Washington's ancestors had links with the Selby area that probably involved land ownership and the raking in of rent.
There was hardly anybody else in the abbey as I wandered round. It appears to be well-maintained but like many old churches it needs significant maintenance if it is going to survive another millennium. Currently, the church burghers have a repair funding target of £3 million. If by chance there are any millionaires reading this - such as Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Bill Gates, Robert Brague, Jeff Bezos or Queen Elizabeth II - would you please send a cheque for £3 million to Selby Abbey. Even one million would help. Thanks in anticipation of your kind support.
|Chairs stacked to discourage visitors from sitting during The Great Lockdown|