Chantries and Hospitals

These were places where poor and infirm people were housed and fed. A chantry was a long term payment to the church for a priest to say prayers for you or your family, sometimes the members of your "hospital" had to do it too.  This was known to be the case for the De Selbys.  Residents were literally singing for their supper!

By 1700, Ravenser and Selby’s Hospital, then called Canon Row, had no funds for  repair. When Bishop Watson of St David’s paid for it in 1708, it was renamed after him. It then housed 10 men and 10 women.

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These effigies probably represent Mayor Robert Selby and his wife Emma. They are made from alabaster which has been worn smooth. He has a wool prod attached to his belt for checking that the bales of wool her traded weren't full of stones. They have a sheep and a dog at their feet.

Robert was one of the early Mayors of Hull, serving twice in 1365 and 1371. Henry Selby (Mayor 1363) may have been another family member.

Ravenser and Selby’s Hospital was founded in 1375 by Robert Selby and Richard Ravenser, Archdeacon of Lincoln. It housed 12 poor men on North Church Side (now Trinity Market). The people who lived there were expected to pray for the souls of the founders.


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