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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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The shop was demolished in 1928 and rebuilt for G.H. Mason & Son and now occupied by Boots Chemists. The year of the photo could well be...
Peter Ellwood 16/01/2019
I seem to remember that Wilbefort's stuck around until the mid 70s at least. My aunt worked there around that time.
Darren Moorby 31/10/2018
Does anyone know where the name Waller in 'Waller Hill' came from. Thank you.
Lilian Flesher 29/10/2018
This is my Grandad's Chemist in Skipton. Thanks for posting the photo!
Adam Brown 08/10/2018
The Brick Hall was the the name of this building into the 1960's and possibly later. During part of that time the landlords were Tom and...
Patricia Attewell nee Kerrigan 26/09/2018
This was taken at the Ermystead street entrance to the St John's ambulance brigade hall. There was a small side entrance to the hall on...
Keith Perriman 22/09/2018
NB This is a duplicate of the photo labelled Rectory Lane row00695. Does...
Admin 14/09/2018
Thanks Peter - you're absolutely right. We appreciate you spotting this and getting in touch - the photos have even got different...
Admin 14/09/2018


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