Archived local history

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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I think the trees on the right are the start of Long Wood and the photo is looking back towards the Rankin's Well area in previous photo.
Matthew Baxter 09/01/2018
I spent many happy summers playing around this area as a child. Sadly it's totally overgrown now and unrecognizable. Rankin's Well was a...
Matthew Baxter 09/01/2018
My mum and dad lived in the first house after the pub in the late 1940s. I think my eldest brother was born while they lived in this house....
Matthew Baxter 09/01/2018
Yes it is at the end of Water Street. It is now a restaurant.
Liz Penny 17/11/2017
I too was in Miss Creamer's class and went on to Keighley Tec - Sharon Tempest
sharon 15/10/2017
My 4 x Great Grandparent Edward and Elizabeth Baxter lived here in 1851
Michelle Porritt 01/10/2017
Lascelles Hall said to have been built 1808 at the end of Chancery Lane for the publican of the Black Horse and named after Lascelles, Earl...
Claire Nash 09/09/2017
Fascinated to see this photo in the knowledge that in the crowd of guys in the background there might have been my Paternal Grandad and...
JMD Evans 25/08/2017


Latest Updates

Latest gallery admin updates and notes:

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
Added new "NowThen" page.
09/12/2017 Admin
Fixed Browse/by-Subject-Tag pages.
03/12/2017 Admin