Shops Of The Past – Memories Of Skipton (Rotary Club Special)


By Brian Stott

As some of the readers of The Skipton Press may know I have recently taken over as President of Skipton Craven Rotary Club for 2017-18.

I have lived in Skipton all of my life and I can recall some of the premises in town that have been or are used by Rotary Members for their businesses.

Roger Waterfall was a member of our club until his untimely death a few years ago. His father and later he ran the book shop and stationers where WH Smith is now in Sheep Street. I recall as a child it also stocked a good selection of toys and going in to look with my Mother and Sister.

Here is the shop as Waterfalls. I am glad to say WH Smith haven’t changed it much and also inside it is very much untouched behind the shelves. Next time you are in glance upwards. You will see the Gallery on which the Waterfall Family sold paintings and prints is still there.


Next door to Waterfall’s was Hannam’s Jewellers.

Robert Hannam has been a member of our sister Rotary club in Skipton, (yes Skipton has the good fortune to have two Rotary Clubs), The Skipton Rotary Club for over 40 years. He had this shop for many years and it, although he has retired, the business only ceased trading this year. It is now a Mobile Phone Shop – a sign of the times. The shop has had several refurbishments but here it is in the 1960’s.

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Further up onto the High Street and you will find Farmhouse Fare Pie Shop.

This was run for many years (again until his untimely death) by Ted Lee who was a member of Skipton Craven Rotary and who asked me to join the Club.

Prior to Ted taking over the premises it was occupied by The Yorkshire Post Newspaper as a place where their newspapers could be bought (Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post) and where their local journalist worked from. The Telegraph and Argus had a similar premises next to Skipton Library.

Here is The Yorkshire Post Office before it became Ted’s Pie Shop.


And now as Pie Shop. Try a pie they are excellent .

Farmhouse Fare

On Otley Street is John Exley’s Opticians.

John is the current Vice President of our Club and will take over from me in 2018. His premises was previously I think a Hairdressers. Here are a couple of photographs of the area.

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Thanks for reading !

I will be writing more articles about Old Skipton soon so keep an eye open!




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