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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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My relative, Freddy always did a specil display in the left hand window of the shop to celebrate August the12th the start of grouse...
Carolyn Maslin 20/01/2021
I'm very interested in this blog if it's still live? because i worked at Manby's full time from 1967 to 1969. I have many memories and...
Peter 20/01/2021
I just remember derelict houses and cobbles, at the top of the what is now the buss Station, my dad took me for a look around. Probably...
Stephen Rouse 10/01/2021
This is Jerry Croft at the rear of the Town Hall. The site of the large car park. I remember the iron cattle pens, some of which were...
Peter Sheeran 28/12/2020
Probably 17 August 1911.
Peter Sheeran 28/12/2020
My parents..Donald and Margaret Fletcher moved to the commercial on April 9th 1958 so when I am reading about Edgar Mason being the...
Margaret Hassall (Fletcher) 24/12/2020
My great uncle John Batty, had a letter addressed to him at Dyneley House (early 1960's). We believe he was lodging here at the time.
Karen Fidgeon 20/12/2020
Wendy's Café now the site of Boots Opticians - 52 High St.
Peter Sheeran 15/12/2020


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