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J. K. Ellwood

Ken Ellwood came to Skipton in 1953, as a School Dental Officer. In 1960, he went into practice with Brian Hargreaves, in Sheep Street, and worked there until his retirement in 1986.

Ken was in the RAF from 1942 – 1946, training as a pilot in Oklahoma. He retained his interest In flying after the war, taking out a private pilot’s licence and piloting Tiger Moths and Cessnas. A long-standing interest in photography progressed to taking aerial photographs. (A link to his aerial photographs will be online; soon.)

An involvement in local history developed when Ken first came to Skipton, and he and Dr Rowley met when Ken gave a film show for the Round Table. When they later became neighbours a close association developed because of their shared interest in Skipton’s history, and they worked together to collect the photographs in the Rowley Collection.


Ken has also compiled several books about Skipton and the surrounding area:

Skipton: A Pictorial Recollection
Compiled by J.K. Ellwood
Dalesman : 1975 : 0852063105


Skipton: a pictorial recollection

Life in Old Skipton: A Photographic Recollection
Compiled by J.K.Ellwood
Dalesman : 1982 : 0852067062


Life in Old Skipton: a photographic recollection

Images of England : Skipton
Compiled by Ken Ellwood
Tempus : 1999 : 075241612X


Images of England : Skipton
Images of England : Skipton and the Dales
Compiled by Ken Ellwood
Tempus : 2003 : 0752430580
Images of England : Skipton and the Dales

Click on the book thumbnails for a larger image.


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This unique collection of photographs was assembled by Dr. G. Rowley and Mr. K. Ellwood. Whilst every effort has been made to avoid any breach of copyright, if anyone has any doubts concerning rights to the images shown, please contact Skipton Library and Information Centre where they are held.