IT’S hard to imagine the livestock market being held on the setts back in the day. Imagine the mess afterwards!

This picture probably dates from the early 1900s, judging by the lime tree in the background which was planted with several others along Skipton high street to commemorate Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee in 1887.

The livestock market would later move to behind the town hall, then to Broughton Road before finally, in 1990, coming to rest in its present position at the top of Gargrave Road.

As well as animals, hiring fairs took place where farm labourers would present themselves for work.

The picture was taken just outside what is the new Regatta store.

Picture: Rowley Ellwood collection.