A new history of Skipton launches at library

Skipton writer Ian Lockwood will launch his new book, The History of Skipton, at Skipton library on Tuesday, 19 June, at 2pm.

Photo from Rowley Ellwood Collection.

The History of Skipton is the most comprehensive history of the town for almost 150 years. The book focuses on the life of ordinary Skipton townsfolk and their health, hygiene, work and recreation. Covering the period from the Norman Conquest to the 21st century, The History of Skipton uses long-forgotten reports and archives to reveal many details that have never been published before. Many of the historic photographs used in the book have come from Skipton library’s Rowley Ellwood Collection.

Ian Lockwood was born in Skipton and educated at Marist College, Hull, and the University of York. Between 1993 and 2008, he was editor of the Craven Herald and Pioneer.

Ian says: “The book is the result of 12 years of investigation, much of it into previously unknown or unused sources. I’m really looking forward to launching the book at Skipton library, where I did much of my research.”

Tickets to the launch cost £1. Email skipton.library@northyorks.gov.uk or call 01609 534548 to book a place.

This story was published 8 June 2018