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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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Quite right- we traveled as a family from Haworth every Sunday during the late sixties and loved every aspect of the pool. I loved diving...
Lawrence Killian 04/12/2019
It got closed off after a horse and cart was involved in a tragic accident when the horse and cart was out of control down the steep hill...
Andrea Ibbotson 04/12/2019
Amanda he was Henry Ovington Walker born in Skipton 1859. Married to Maria Walker b. 1871.
Ben McKenzie 20/10/2019
This property is currently owned by my father (Anthony Shaw), and has been since late 60s when he ran it as a hairdressers. The...
Tom Shaw 09/09/2019
My grandfather was Revd James Greenwood of Skipton Baptist Church up to about 1922. He is in the top right hand corner seated with head at...
Peter Greenwood 15/08/2019
Does anyone know what year the bottom of castle street at the junction with Keighley Road was blocked off?
Gareth 12/08/2019
Sandra Sadler you posted such a long time ago now, but I've recently been doing my family history. Your Great Grandfather William is my...
Anne-Marie Preston 01/08/2019
Does anyone know who the H O Walker was? My ancestors were Walkers in Skipton
Amanda 15/07/2019


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