In addition to its fame as a spa, Harrogate became in the later nineteenth century an important regional shopping centre. It catered not just for the visitors but also for its expanding residential population of commuters to the industrial cities of Leeds and Bradford and retirees and others living on private incomes. By the close of the century then, most of the central area was given over to retail, from the prestigious shops of James or Parliament Streets to those like Oxford and Cambridge or Beulah Streets with a mix of establishments. Commercial Street was one of them.
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