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    All's Fair at the Abbots Staith

    Monday, 14 September 2015  |  Joanna

    We're delighted to be able to sponsor the publication of a book by local author Roland Chilvers. The book “Selby’s Industrial Past Volume 1” is launched on October 3rd from 10am to 12 noon at Selby Library, where he will sign his book.

    The author is a local historian from Hemingbrough with an interest in local history and avid collector of images of the Selby area.  During the past year Roland has undertaken research into Selby Industries at a time when this area was very different from what it is now. The book is the first of four Roland aims to publish in support of the Abbots Staith Heritage Trust.

    Roland Chilvers said ‘I have written several books for charities and good causes over the years.  The Abbots Staith has been of a personal interest to me for many years.  The Ancient medieval monuments on the site are of such importance to the community and the country that I have dedicated this book and three others to the charitable group.  The heritage of the Abbots Staith must be unveiled to the community and saved for future generations.  It is hoped that sales of this book will aid the group in their funding goal (match funding) of £150,000.

    The Abbot’s Staith Heritage Trust, a conservation and regeneration charitable company which aims to restore the Abbots Staith on Micklegate, Selby, is a Grade II* listed building, a scheduled ancient monument and is currently on the At Risk register.

    The Abbots Staith was once part of a vast medieval monastic complex that was built on the banks of the River Ouse at Selby. It and it's more famous sibling, Selby Abbey, are the last remaining intact parts of this complex

    Today hidden behind the Square Bar on Micklegate, The Staith was built as a warehouse and was likely to have been used for the storage of ale, wool, spices and other important commodities in the 13th century by the monks of Selby Abbey. These would have been transported by river, the main road of its day, in and out of the Staith.

    The group plans to work with the community to unlock the heritage of the Abbot’s Staith as an asset in need of investment and utilise it as a stimulus for economic growth in the town.  The redevelopment will provide a central education resource for local history; improve economic activity in the area by promoting tourism, increasing employment, and services.  It is envisaged that it will provide a place to house historical documents and artefacts associated with the town whilst providing opportunities to socialise and hold community events. 

    Publishing costs for Roland's latest book have been donated by Joanna Pollard from, ‘All's Fair’ Selby's first Fair Trade Gift Shop, now at The Counting House (Abbots Staith), 79 Micklegate, Selby YO8 4ED.

    Based in Barlow, ‘All's Fair’ is run by Joanna Pollard who has been actively involved in fair trade campaigning for ten years. A member of the British Association for Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers since the business was founded in 2005, Joanna is passionate about the opportunities fair trade brings to skilled artisans across the developing world.

    Joanna says: "The Staith promises to be a fantastic resource for the people of Selby - with plans for a multi use community space centered on history and the arts.  We're really excited to be part of this amazing project and have decided to fund the publishing costs to help kick start the ambitious funding needed to restore the building.  It's also great that by supporting fair trade artisans we can also help local people in this way. We're hoping these books really bring Selby's past to life."

    For more details contact Selby Library or Abbots Staith Heritage Trust 01757 712366 


    The book, which costs £12.99 will be available to pre-order from The Counting House (Abbots Staith Warehouse) which is open 10am to 2pm Monday to Friday or call 01757 708450.