Wooden Paper Knife c1906



“When fire destroyed part of Selby Abbey in 1906, items made from salvaged timber were sold to raise funds. My parents had this paper knife – it reminds me of the significance of the Abbey, now and then.” 


The Abbey was so badly damaged during the fire that services had to be held in the Museum Hall on Park Street for a year. It only took one month for enough funds to be raised to start the restoration work, which was completed in 1935. Learn More about the Selby Abbey Fire.