Below is a list of treasures from the more recent history of Selby. If you like one or more of these items don't forget to vote for them, the link is at the bottom of this page.
Selby Town Council Mayoral Chain
The historic Mayoral Chain is worn by the Town’s Mayor on Civic occasions. It dates back to the beginning of the 2Oth Century and the silver medallions bear the names of previous Mayors up to 1974. After this date, the Mayor’s names are recorded on a board at the Town Hall. The centerpiece contains a magnificent Ruby.
RAF Cap Badge
The RAF cap badge of Senior Aircraftsman Leonard Simpson of B Squadron, No. 58 Maintenance Unit, based out of RAF Honington (Norfolk). They travelled to nearby bases, repairing aircraft, including early Canberra Bombers. He did his National Service from 21st July 1951 to 22nd July 1953. Courtesy, Mark Simpson.
Every Easter the Queen presents Maundy Money in recognition of people’s service to church and community. Selby Abbey was the first Parish Church to be honoured with this ceremony as part of the Selby 900 celebrations.
“My grandfather Albert was honoured with a gift of Maundy Money in 1969, being put forward as having a long commitment to Selby and the Abbey.”
Courtesy, John Cattanach.
This banknote for one pound was issued by Selby Bank and signed by John Foster, the banker and local merchant, on 1st May 1815. Courtesy, Leeds Museums and Galleries.
Sir Jonathan Hutchinson (1828-1913) opened The Selby Educational Museum in 1898 on Park Street. The museum held a large natural history collection. When it closed in the 1960s part of that collection went to Doncaster Museums who have lent us this Kiwi from the original collection. Courtesy, Doncaster Heritage.
Selby Scientific Society Book
The Selby Scientific Society Book is essentially a scrapbook; it contains mostly photographs and some newspaper articles that relate to Selby. They date from the early 20th century, with some earlier images. Arthur Hutchinson donated the book to York Reference Library in 1950, not long after the Selby Scientific Society disbanded.
This is a Selby telephone directory from 1933. It has the numbers of local residents and advertisements for many businesses, including a map for paper rounds. If you are born and bred in Selby it is likely your family is in this book! It was purchased at an antique fair for £10 a few years ago. Courtesy, Angela Robinson.
Christie's Ballroom Plate
Christie's Ballroom was where everyone in Selby used to go dancing. There was a huge rollerblading rink with seats all around the edge. It is now Rivermills Ballroom. This plate was found at a Selby antique fair with many of my other finds. Courtesy, Angela Robinson.