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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

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I was born at 10 Romille Street in 1958 I have owned the bakery from 1977 I would like to know in what year it became a bakery
Yvonne Quinlan 13/05/2020
The name 'Rankin' is carved in the rock where the stream emerges. There is a small trough carved out of the rock below. It is usually...
Peter Sheeran 10/05/2020
My great great grandfather Watson Emmott lived in Hardcastle Yard in 1871 with his wife.. He was a cabinet maker.
Christine williams 28/04/2020
St Stephen's Close was built on 'Upper' Commercial St. As J M Varley says above, the Joiners Arms was at the bottom of 'Lower' Commercial...
Peter Sheeran 13/04/2020
The float is a very good representation of a painting by Marcus Stone RA (1840-1921). It was painted in 1866 but I can find no information...
Peter Sheeran 13/04/2020
Building on the left was demolished. The property at the end with the archway is still recognisable. Owned by George Leatt and family was...
Rachel Coates 11/04/2020
I had the same problem, John. It looked odd. The left-hand side of Neville St is still under construction. ...and I can't count - there...
Peter Sheeran 09/04/2020
Apologies to Peter & John for not adding your comments rightaway. You're both saying the same thing - and I believe you are correct - but...
Admin 09/04/2020


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