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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

Welcome to Harrogate Railways - a celebration

The first railway in Harrogate opened in 1848.  In 1849 a line opened running through Starbeck. Plans to link the routes were formed in 1859 and the "new" station opened in 1862.

To celebrate the railways of Harrogate and the 160th anniversary of the current station, HCS (in association with LNER, Northern, Network Rail and the Harrogate Model Railway Group) has pleasure in inviting you to view:

 

A free public exhibition at Harrogate Railway Station on

Saturday 30th  & Sunday 31st July 2022, between 10:00am and 4:00pm.

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New Brown Plaques

Three new brown plaques have been installed.

June

2022

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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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Skipton Road

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

February

2022

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Android Phone App

Don't forget the Android Phone App for the Plaques Walking Trails.

June

2022

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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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104 Duchy Road

A new article has been added to the History section. Down Your Street - 104 Duchy Road.

June

2022

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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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The Local

A Talk by HCS History Group member Paul Jennings.

April

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

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