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The Rowley Ellwood Collection is an online gallery of over 500 historic old photos of Skipton, fully indexed and searchable. This site is a tribute to Dr Geoffrey Rowley and Mr Ken Ellwood who gathered together these fascinating prints. These photos are available for viewing on CD or DVD at Skipton Reference Library.


Latest Comments

Most recently added comments. Click to see more details.

The pressure vessel to the right came from the light cruiser, HMS Ajax, which was involved in the battle of the River Plate. The German...
Peter Sheeran 17/02/2020
My father played Piano and many sizes of Saxophone with Fred and Ralph over many years. In the mid 1950's Fred was killed in a road...
Malcolm Mounteer 08/02/2020
This is looking at Canal St, the building at the front is where Nathen Hudson has cars for sale.
Janice Lambert 07/02/2020
I hav just seen this (Fb 7, 2020 and can fill in most gaps as I am the last male Manby from the shop. I was the reporter smoking the clay...
Frederic Manby 07/02/2020
What year is this photo
Nigel 27/01/2020
The house with the large window on the left was a barber's shop. The tripe shop was on the same side facing it, on a corner where the wall...
Peter Sheeran 24/01/2020
The larger photo is missing?
Graeme 05/12/2019
Quite right- we traveled as a family from Haworth every Sunday during the late sixties and loved every aspect of the pool. I loved diving...
Lawrence Killian 04/12/2019


Latest Updates

Latest gallery admin updates and notes:

We've started to add scans of Dr Rowley's notebooks. These are real treasure troves of information about Skipton's history. The new pages aren't perfect yet - please be patient as we sort out the glitches.
12/05/2018 Admin
We've tweaked the "Browse all photos" function so that it now shows the most recently added photos first.
14/03/2018 Admin
I've added 21 new photos today! All from Ken Ellwood's collection. I think my favourite is this one of "Berry & Matt" at the Roller Skating Rink. Does anyone know where that was located?
13/03/2018 Admin
When scanning the photos, we often find hand-written notes on the reverse, especially pictures from Ken Ellwood's collection. Where we're certain the information is accurate, we'll include it in the photo description. If it's more vague, I will add it as an Admin comment below the picture, as "KE note" for Ken Ellwood, "GR note" for Geoffrey Rowley, etc.
21/01/2018 Admin
Added two new photos today: Photo 753 and Photo 754. This is the first new content in many years! Ken Ellwood's family have very kindly shared their father's collection of old Skipton photographs with us. Some of the pictures are already on this site, donated by Dr Rowley's widow when the Rowley Collection was first built. But there are lots of previously unseen images too, and we'll be adding these to the Rowley-Ellwood collection in the coming weeks.
14/01/2018 Admin
Fixed bug in pagination at foot of search results page.
09/01/2018 Admin
Changed placement of Navbar from fixed to default. This gives more space for page content on small and mobile screens.
09/01/2018 Admin
Added square format thumbnails for all photos in the collection.
21/12/2017 Admin