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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 believe the tin shack originally was a gospel mission hall in Barnoldswick and was dismantled and rebuilt in Skipton, as seen in the photo
angus Brennan 26/11/2020
Is that Peter monk from Stourport? Mom called Isobel ? Would love to hear from you
Clair Gittens nee Badham 21/11/2020
She is going into Laycocks antique shop. She was notorious for liking a piece and getting it for nothing!
alexandra 13/11/2020
High Mill was built by the Sidgwick family of millowners and Peter Garforth their brother-in-law (who owned the paper mill at the bottom of...
Claire Nash 09/11/2020
I believe the photo has been reversed - we have a family photo of Mr Sloane and he is on the far right!
Mrs Yvonne Rogers 07/11/2020
My father and mother were licencees of the Commercial Inn on Water Street. I also went to St Stephens school and I remember Comptons the...
Peter Fletcher 05/11/2020
Photo/card dated 18 Nov 1920.
Peter Sheeran 04/11/2020
For anyone remembering Ann, Sally and Elizabeth Newgrosh.....would love to hear from you.
Ann Newgrosh Bjerke 23/10/2020


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