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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

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Tree planting at Coppice Valley Primary School.

Coppice Valley Primary School plant 7 apple trees to mark the Coronation of Charles III.

February

2024

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Heritage Open Days Talk

"Doorstep Discoveries" - A talk by HODS National Programme Manager

November

2023

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Harrogate People - Gertrude Elizabeth Smith

New article added to Harrogate People.

August

2023

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Talk " Retailing from the 18th Century to the present day"

Local History talk at Harrogate Library.

February

2024

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Energy Efficient Street lighting proposal.

HCS responds to a NYC proposal to improve the energy efficiency of street lighting

October

2023

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Spa Town Talk

Local History talk at the Harrogate Library.

August

2023

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Talk on "Life on the Margins in Edwardian Harrogate"

Local History talk at the Harrogate Library.

January

2024

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Talk on "Home in Harrogate"

Local History talk at the Harrogate Library.

October

2023

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Prize presentation

The HCS Schools History competition 2023 has been awarded.

August

2023

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Neighbourhood Plan - A vision for Harrogate ?

HCS has started a discussion with other organisations about whether to start a process which could lead to a neighborhood plan

November

2023

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New Plaque unveiled

A plaque dedicated to Michael Rennie has been unveiled at 1 Otley Road.

September

2023

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The Stray - Common Land

HCS responds to a proposal to register The Stray as Common Land

July

2023

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

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