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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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Does anyone know who the H O Walker was? My ancestors were Walkers in Skipton
Amanda 15/07/2019
The name Waller comes most probably from one Richard Waller, an artist, who was born in Skipton in 1811. He has several paragraphs in the...
Keith Perriman 30/06/2019
I have a pair of picture frames with original labels to the rear made by this company. So interesting to see this photo.
Gareth 23/04/2019
I was a boarder at St Monica's Convent 1943 - 1949, remembering Mother Monica, sister Dominic and sister Mary Agnes. The junior house moved...
Elisabeth Barnes nee McPherson 17/04/2019
Location is Skipton
Pete Buss 08/03/2019
Or course, it is St Monica's ! I have been a boarder pupil coming from France in 1962-1963. I visited the place again with Therese Lang a...
Veronique Lecat 05/03/2019
My grandfather is Tom Pickles, 3rd from right, back row (in trilby).
Judith Henderson 15/02/2019
Could this possibly be the old iron foundry which previously belonged to the Rimmington family (my 2 x great grandfather)?
Judith Henderson (nee Pickles) 15/02/2019


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