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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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Addition to my comment: Date was Friday 31st August 1923, and my grandmother writes that the Dyneley House Private Hotel owners were the...
G. Brackenbury 20/07/2018
My grandmother (who was walking with her pack-donkey to Scotland) stayed here, Dyneley House Private Hotel, Skipton, on 18th August 1923....
G. Brackenbury 20/07/2018
The photograph was taken outside Scosthrop Manor, Airton.
Martin Thompson 01/07/2018
My grandmother Elsie Whitwham attended the old British School in 1906 which was down a yard off Otley Street. The school closed on 31 March...
Andrew Hodgson 15/05/2018
Does anyone remember my Mother Kathleen Bartlett? Sadly she died in 1998 but I'm trying to find out about her family history and know she...
Rachel Benjamin 19/04/2018
This is great, Robert. Many thanks!
Admin 15/03/2018
Joyce Murgatroyd writes in Growing Up In Old Skipton (published in 2011, though written in 1965), 'one day my brother announced that a...
Robert 15/03/2018
Ella Hatfield writes in Skipton (1991): "Skipton also had a skating rink, on Broughton Road, whose directors reserved the right to refuse...
Robert 15/03/2018


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