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Celebrate our past - Enhance our present  - Shape our future

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Royal Pump Room Museum

Harrogate was one of the original English Spa towns, with the first medicinal waters discovered in 1571. Set in the magnificent North Yorkshire countryside it became one of England’s most popular spa towns. Today its fine Victorian and Edwardian public buildings, hotels and private homes,  elegant town centre  streets, and 200 acres of parkland (known locally as “the Stray”) ensure Harrogate’s popularity as a place to live, work and visit.

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Harrogate Civic Society was established in 1971, part of the nationwide Civic Society movement (Civic Voice), committed to celebrating the town’s architectural and social history, to contributing to discussions about how the town is developed, and to ensuring that Harrogate both retains the best of its historic character and embraces the future.

Harrogate Convention Centre

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We are proud to be involved in civic projects that enhance the town, particularly our recent creation of a website showing all of the Harrogate Heritage Plaques, and suggesting walking trails that guide you around the town.

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We always welcome people who support our aims and share our interests. For a very modest membership fee (see "Join us") you will help the work of the Civic Society (run entirely by volunteers), receive our regular Newsletter (see "Newsletters" for recent examples), and get advance notice of our Events (which include talks, visits and social gatherings. See "Events" for examples)

News & Updates

Calling all local historians

 

You will notice on the History section of the Website an increasingly impressive set of articles arranged under three headings - Aspects of Harrogate's Past, Down your Street and (a new series just launched) Harrogate People. We welcome any suggestions and contributions to expand these series over the coming months and years. So if you feel you can help in any way, however large or small, please don't hesitate. Contact us at: info@harrogatecivicsociety.org.

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Working Class Lives in Edwardian Harrogate.

A Talk by HCS History Group member Paul Jennings.

May

2022

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Grove House & the R.O.A.B.

A new article has been added to the History section. Aspects of Harrogate Past: Grove House.

March

2022

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Workers in Harrogate Spa

A new exhibition at the Pump Room Museum is now open.

December

2021

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The Local

A Talk by HCS History Group member Paul Jennings.

April

2022

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Skipton Road

A new article has been added to the History section. Down Your Street - Skipton Road.

February

2022

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2022 Events Schedule

The schedule of Society events for 2022 is now available.

December

2021

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The Barker Family

A new section of History articles has been added.

April

2022

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Harrogate Station Gateway - Further Update

The Station Gateway proposals have been approved by NYCC Executive - 25thJan 2022.

February

2022

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Harrogate Station Gateway Update

Harrogate Civic Society has submitted comments to the second consultation process.

November

2021

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The Harrogate Club Plaque updated

A new plaque has been installed at the Harrogate Club.

March

2022

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York Road

A new article has been added to the History section. Down Your Street - York Road.

December

2021

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'Well known' Harrogate Shop windows

The BID's historical shop window displays have been added.

November

2021

Website designed and maintained by Chris Dicken.  All photographs by Chris Dicken unless otherwise indicated.