Notebooks

As well as the collection of photographs, Dr Rowley kept detailed handwritten notes of his research into Skipton's history. There are four volumes of these notes, each filled with fascinating information about the town's buildings, institutions and people.

The notebooks are held in Skipton Library, where you are welcome to view them. Thanks to the efforts of the Library's local history volunteer team, you can also read the notebooks here online, or download them as pdf files.

The pages have been scanned at high resolution, making it possible to zoom in and examine these unique records more closely than ever before. Where previously it was sometimes tricky to decipher certain passages, it's now far easier to follow Dr Rowley's narrative. To make the notebooks even more accessible, the Library volunteers have begun the lengthy process of transcribing them. As the transcripts become available, we will add them to the notebook pages here, as well as downloadable pdf versions.