19 Facts About Selby


Selby once had a large shipbuilding industry, and was an important port on the Selby Canal which brought trade from Leeds.

FactSnippet No. 2,199,944

Archaeological investigations in Selby have revealed extensive remains, including waterlogged deposits in the core of the town dating from the Roman period onwards.

FactSnippet No. 2,199,945

Place-name 'Selby' is first attested in a Yorkshire charter c, where it appears as Seleby.

FactSnippet No. 2,199,946

Selby Abbey was closed in 1539 as part of the Dissolution of the Monasteries under Henry VIII and the majority of the buildings have since been demolished.

FactSnippet No. 2,199,947

Selby was a centre for shipbuilding, with vessels launched into the river.

FactSnippet No. 2,199,948

For many years the swing bridge in Selby was a notorious local bottleneck but since the opening of the Selby bypass congestion in the town has been relieved.

FactSnippet No. 2,199,949

Selby Abbey is one of the largest parish churches in Britain and is larger than several cathedrals.

FactSnippet No. 2,199,950

Wistow Colliery, which was part of the Selby Coalfield, holds the UK record for coal mined in one week—200,743 tonnes in 1995.

FactSnippet No. 2,199,951

The 110 square miles Selby Complex, employing 3,000 miners plus contractors and ancillary staff, closed on Friday 14 May 2004 despite rising demand for coal in the UK.

FactSnippet No. 2,199,952

In recent years, Selby has seen the development of new shopping areas both in the town centre and on the outskirts.

FactSnippet No. 2,199,953

Selby is the transport hub for the local area and has a bus and railway station running services to many places around the area.

FactSnippet No. 2,199,954

Selby's major sporting team is Selby Town FC, playing in the Northern Counties East Division One and based at the Flaxley Road Stadium.

FactSnippet No. 2,199,955

Selby RUFC have five open age teams, and have veteran and junior set-ups too.

FactSnippet No. 2,199,956

Selby's longest established newspaper title is the Selby Times, owned and published by Chronicle Publications along with its sister paper the Goole Times.

FactSnippet No. 2,199,957

Selby previously owned the Selby Post and purchased the title from Johnston Press when they ceased publication of the paper in August 2013.

FactSnippet No. 2,199,958

The paper covers the Selby district, including the town centre and villages such as Sherburn-in-Elmet, and as far as Tadcaster.

FactSnippet No. 2,199,959

Goole Times and Selby Times received an unprecedented 1,000 toys for their annual Christmas toy appeal in December 2017.

FactSnippet No. 2,199,960

In 2019, The Selby Chronicle was relaunched as an online-only newspaper.

FactSnippet No. 2,199,961

Selby subsequently murdered an elderly couple, James and Joan Britton, at their home in the village of Strensall, near York.

FactSnippet No. 2,199,962