Rowley Collection


This text only version of the site is still under construction/test. There will no doubt be pages missing, bad links, etc. Anyone who wants to help by pointing out loose ends/bugs, please email

The Rowley Collection website is a tribute to the late Dr Geoffrey Rowley the eminent Skipton historian, who with Mr. Ken Ellwood gathered together these fascinating prints.

This website is an online gallery of over 500 historic prints of Skipton, fully indexed. You can search the collection for images of: Canal, Coronation, Galas, Group photos, Shops, Market, Railways ...or anything you like using the search page.

Here's 8 thumbnails picked at random from the collection, just to give you a taste. Or for a quick view of 20 images at a time, try the album pages

Skipton High Street - 1897 - Trees being planted for Diamond Jubilee - Click to see larger image Charabanc outing - Hole in The Wall - c1920 - Click to see larger image High Street - Skipton Show - 1870 - Click to see larger image Springs Canal - New Bridge (Coach Street) from Canal Basin - Click to see larger image Fire at the Silk Mill, Skipton - 1908 - Click to see larger image Group of Mill Girls, Skipton - 1908 - Click to see larger image Cars parked in the High Street - 1930s - Click to see larger image Group of railway men in station yard - Skipton - Click to see larger image

This website isn't just a gallery, it's also an online community history project. We hope people will send us information about the pictures. Our get involved page has more details. We want this website to be a permanent and growing archive of Skipton local history. View the comments archive to see the latest additions.

Other stuff

You can buy prints of any of the photos on this website from Skipton Library.
Visitors might care to read and sign our guestbook
For information on how this digital project was created, by whom and why, see the credits page.
All photographs are reproduced with kind permission of North Yorkshire County Council and Mrs V Rowley.


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These photos are available for viewing on CD or DVD at Skipton Reference Library.

This unique collection of photographs was assembled by Dr. G. Rowley and Mr. K. Ellwood, and 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.

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