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On October 19, 1906, the abbey was largely destroyed by fire.
The abbey was restored and in 1935 the pinnacles on the towers above the west front were removed with their height being increased prior to replacement.
The abbey has been a place of worship for around 1,000 years and was the first monastery founded in the North of England after the Norman conquest of 1066.
A stained glass window displays the Coat of Arms of the Washington family, ancestors of the eponymous US President; it displays three red stars above two bars on a white shield and is believed to provide the influence for the US flag.
The abbey began to take on the appearance of the Early English style.
The abbey was restored in the mid-to-late 19th century.
The west and north walls' Norman doorways as well as the remaining pillars were added in the early 13th century.
Cited in Simon Jenkins' 'England's Thousand Best Churches'.
The choir was enlarged in the late 13th century.
The church is cruciform in plan and built of stone from the Fryston quarry eight miles away.
The east window was added in the mid-14th century.
Selby Abbey's founding charter was granted by William the Conqueror (William I of Normandy).
On March 30, 1690, the upper part of the central tower collapsed, demolishing the south transept and part of the choir.
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