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.

New!!! - Local History Posts

In response to the increased popularity of this website during ‘lockdown’, it was decided to highlight extracts from Dr Rowley’s Notebooks as local history posts on the Library Facebook page. Over time the scope of these posts has been broadened to include any interesting facets of local history even though they are outside the scope of the Notebooks.

To provide an archive for these posts and to make them available on a permanent basis, they are now being uploaded and stored on this website. To access them click on ‘Notebooks’, then ‘Notebook 4’, then ‘Downloads and Transcripts’ where the posts will be listed under ‘Transcripts’. We hope you find this a useful and enjoyable resource.


Latest Comments

Most recently added comments. Click to see more details.

My Grandmother was a Dyneley, and as a child I remember my Great Aunts, her sisters, telling me that this house was once owned by the...
Frederica Janet Dyneley Venn 09/02/2024
Present address 29 Keighley Road, Skipton. Tufton Street no longer exists.
Peter Sheeran 02/02/2024
We were lucky to be part of St Monica’s Convent either as a border or day pupil. I started at Marton House ,East Marton in 1957 -58...
Monica Jane Kirk 30/01/2024
I have an envelope addressed to Henry Alcock, Skipton, Yorks, in his capacity as a solicitor, from W Atkinson, dated November 23rd 1841,...
Bernard Butler 19/01/2024
after 1910, when the library was built
crispin edwards 17/01/2024
after 1897 (when the tress were planted) but before 1910 (when the library was built)
crispin edwards 17/01/2024
I recently found out that my grandfather Clement Foster Gledhill served in this regiment.
Iron works taken over by Moser Maraden and Naylor of Bradford in 1911 - Source - Craven Herald Friday Jan 6th 1911
Scott Wallace 04/11/2023


Latest Updates

Latest gallery admin updates and notes:

Latest notebook transcript files uploaded. These cover up to Notebook 2, page 286.
02/03/2021 Admin
Have uploaded the latest notebook transcript files. These now cover up to Notebook 2, page 174.
25/01/2021 Admin
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