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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

Most recently added comments. Click to see more details.

Anything about the old sawmill skipton woods and the mill that used to be here thank you
Nick osborn 10/10/2020
We lived at number 74 (circa the fifties), which is over the top of the hill on the right, just before the junction with Westmoreland...
Peter Morrow 08/10/2020
The low building on the left was 'The New Ship' inn, now the premises of David Hill, estate agents.
Peter Sheeran 06/09/2020
Ralph and brother Fred bought a Quarry in Skipton. One frosty morning setting off to work in a ex Army truck,the windscreen kept steering...
Dennis Lloyd 02/09/2020
He worked at Byworth Engineering in Keighley .
P Leighton 29/08/2020
Date guide: George V coronation was 1911
Claire Nash 27/08/2020
Sorry John, the chimney was not preserved. I live in Canadaand was shocked when I first saw that it was gone.
Malcolm Mounteer 19/08/2020
November 1888 the (old) Ship Hotel and adjoining properties were pulled down and set-back for street improvements.The New Ship Hotel has...
Malcolm Mounteer 18/08/2020


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