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ISBN: 9781841148762
Portrait of Harrogate
Portrait of Harrogate
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The Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate was little more than two quiet hamlets until William Slingsby discovered a chalybeate spring in 1571 on the edge of the expanse of common land today known asThe Stray. Known as the Tewit Well, it was widely thought that its mineral waters would heal sickness and, with the discovery of further mineral springs along with a sulphur well for bathing, Harrogate’s future status was assured.

With the construction ofThe Royal Pump Room in 1842, the arrival of the railway in 1848, and the joining together of the villages of High and Low Harrogate in 1860 by the creation of Victoria Avenue, the town was beginning to expand substantially from its population of 4000 in the 1830s. By the end of the nineteenth century a further mineral water source, the Magnesia Well, had been discovered and The Royal Baths had been opened.The latter closed in 1969, a year after the NHS ceased to fund treatment there, but by this time Harrogate’s reputation was too well established to prevent its continued existence as a place to visit in order to improve one’s well-being.

Today Harrogate is not simply a pleasant place to be, but also a thriving conference and exhibition venue. Its intriguing history and its colourful present are portrayed by Andy Stansfield’s stunning images which capture the essence of this historic spa town.

Andy Stansfield is a Lancashire-based photographer and author who specialises in travel, outdoor leisure and events. He has written and illustrated numerous titles for Halsgrove, including Portrait of Southport as well as a number of photography books.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 876 2, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published October 2009.

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