Harrogate: Then and Now

  1. March 26, 2017 7:47 pm
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Harrogate has changed dramatically over the last 100 years. In recent years’ tourism has grown more than ever. The Harrogate International Centre, Royal Hall, The Yorkshire Show Ground, as well as the vast variety of shops, restaurants and gardens are drawing more people into the quaint spa town.

Special events are organised to attract people at different times throughout the year. From the Great Yorkshire Show to the many events hosted at the Harrogate International Centre, Harrogate is a busy place to be! Over the last few years Harrogate has been voted the third most romantic place in the world and has been voted happiest place to live in the UK twice! It’s no wonder the town is busier than ever.

Local opinions are divided over the amount of tourism flooding into the town. There are many more traffic problems in and around the town centre, and with the hundreds of new houses in development, this may lead to a dip in tourism due to the over crowdedness.

However, in the meantime Harrogate is as popular destination as ever. With new restaurants and shops opening weekly, it leads to great expansion and is constantly growing to keep up with the cities around the UK.

To see the spa town before the traffic appeared, take a look at the nostalgic photographs below. Credit of photographs comes from the ‘Historical Harrogate and Surrounding Areas’ group on Facebook.


The unveiling of the Harrogate Cenotaph by the Sixth Earl of Harewood on the 1st of September 1923.


Coloured picture postcard captioned "The New Terrace, Harrogate", postmarked 1904. Situated in front of the Prospect Hotel.

Early Tuck "Town and Country" picture postcard of The Terrace and Parliament Street, Harrogate.

Fantastic photograph of Prospect Crescent, James Street and Prospect Hotel, Harrogate. Exact date unknown, but likely Edwardian.

Harrogate Town Centre, 1953.

Picture postcard of Children’s Pool, Valley Gardens, Harrogate, around the 1950s.

Poignant original photograph of a band and possession down Parliament Street, Harrogate, 1914.

Station Square, Harrogate, 1907.

Superb Edwardian photograph of Station Hotel, Harrogate.

Superb view of James Street, Harrogate, 1920.


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