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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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... (back entry to Ermysteds) and the Girls' Convent where we used to go on to the Cricket top to watch the netball!
John Buckman 19/03/2020
I don't remember another pub opposite The Commercial but my memory may fail me as I was too young to partake. I cycled up Commercial Street...
John Buckman 19/03/2020
Why wasn't Dewhirst Mill's chimney preserved? It was an iconic landmark.
John Buckman 19/03/2020
At the bottom on the street in the 1950s/60s right hand side was a barber shop - Mr Lancaster who told me he used to date my mother!
John Buckman 19/03/2020
As kids in the 1950s we used to buy used tennis balls in Meakins (as it then was) that were (allegedly) used at Wimbledon.
John Buckman 19/03/2020
I used to play with Janet Demain in the Friends Meeting House gardens in the 1950s. Her parents lived in a white house in the grounds. I...
John Buckman 19/03/2020
Visitors here may be interested in this: FoS 10/03/2020
The pressure vessel to the right came from the light cruiser, HMS Ajax, which was involved in the battle of the River Plate. The German...
Peter Sheeran 17/02/2020


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