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Celebrate our past - Enhance our present  - Shape our future

News & Updates

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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)

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Dr Kathleen Rutherford

The entry in "Harrogate Plaques dedicated to Women" has been revised & extended.

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Valley Road

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

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North Yorkshire Devolution

HCS's response to the North Yorkshire Devolution consultation

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Crescent Gardens Update

HCS comments on Impala planning application.