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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.


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I think this was the family house of the Doctors Goodhall, I lived on Otley St and remember playing with Goodhall children in the garden at...
Roger Cockburn 19/02/2018
Many happy hours spent here after a day on the fells! I wonder what year it closed ....
Victor Richardson 18/02/2018
Harry Scott was my great uncle, being brother to my grandmother Norah (nee Scott) who was married to my Grandad Richard Smith and they...
Patricia (Paddy) Dorrington (Nee Smith) 17/02/2018
I remember buying chemicals here for chemistry experiments in 1957/58. The passage to the left leads to Birtwhistles Yard. My wife's Aunt...
Edward Chaney 15/02/2018
This was the original Town Hall and Court House and underneath were the cells for the prisoners to be held.
Patricia (Paddy) Dorrington (Nee Smith) 15/02/2018
The Tommy Chapman you mention at The George Pub was a member of the Savonna Dance Band of which my Dad (Bill Smith) was the drummer. They...
Patricia (Paddy) Dorrington (Nee Smith) 15/02/2018
This photo is as was said where the Nat West Bank is now at the bottom of Sheep Street. When I was a child the Silver Library was in that...
Patricia (Paddy) Dorrington (Nee Smith) 15/02/2018
Ambler's shop was where Rackham's is now on the High Street, next to Clarke's shoe shop in the 1950s. My mother worked in Amblers shop in...
Patricia (Paddy) Dorrington (Nee Smith) 15/02/2018


Latest Updates

Latest gallery admin updates and notes:

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
Added new "NowThen" page.
09/12/2017 Admin
Fixed Browse/by-Subject-Tag pages.
03/12/2017 Admin