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Harrogate is a district situated in the shire county of North Yorkshire. The town is famous for its Spa Industry. It is also a tourist place. The major attractions of the town are RHS Harlow Carr gardens and spa waters. The city also has a National park. In the 17th century, the town was divided into High Harrogate and Low Harrogate. Now the two towns combined known as Harrogate. People are very friendly there and in the survey of 2013, it was voted as the happiest place among any other cities in the England. Elements such as common salt, Sulphur and Iron are found in huge quantity in the Spa water. In the Georgian era of the 16th century, this town was famously known as The English Spa. The Iron-rich water had been used for medical treatment for two centuries (17th and 18th). Because of this sure shot treatment, there had been a large number of people migrated to this town. So, it added a lot more wealth in the basket of the town.
As per the records of the 13th century, the earlier names of the town were Harrowgate, Harrogate and Harwegate. Still, no one could explain the origin of the town. During the late 13th century, King Edward III admittedly the Knaresborough forest to his son John. He was Duke of Lancaster. The root cause of the development of the Harrogate was owing to Sulphur and Iron-rich water. William Slingsby found the similar properties of Belgian spa water in the water of Tewit well. Edmund Deane gave a push to the importance of water and published in its book. A very important episode of past i.e creation of water gas by Engineer Samson Fox is also associated with the town. His invention was in the field of heating and gas lighting. By using this, he lit Parliament Street by water-gas. He had been mayor for 3 terms.
The town provides shelter to many travellers working in Bradford and Leeds. The property prices are very high here. There are many properties in the town as well as villages that have worth more than 1 million pounds. The climatic condition of the town is dry in summer and mild during winters. There are many towns that have establishments below the Harrogate.
Economy and Landmarks
The economy of the town is very strong. It is also one of the flexible economies in the Britain. The Harrogate International Centre hosts the conferences appreciated at the global level. It earns huge revenue from here. This Centre is appreciated by all over the Britain and Europe as well. Other famous items that have been exported by Harrogate are Farrah’s Toffee, Harrogate Blue Cheese, Harrogate Bluewater, and Yorkshire Tea. The famous Architect Temple Lushington Moore constructed a famous building St Wilfrid in the town. The Frank Matcham renowned Royal Hall Theatre is also in the city. The Royal Pump Room representing town’s spa industry also attracts tourists to the town. Other prominent places are Montpellier quarter, The Valley Gardens, Crescent Gardens and a few more.
The today’s Harrogate Theatre helped the British soldiers that were fighting Boer War in South Africa. The North of England’s leading arts festival i.e Harrogate Festival of Arts and Science has also been celebrating in the city. As per channel 4 TV show 2005, it stood at third place to live in the UK. The number dropped to one in the next year.
Sport and Transport
The Finish Line of the first stage of the Tour de France is organised by Harrogate Authority. The Event attracted a huge bulk of the crowd from other parts of the world and it was telecast to the global audience. It is well connected with road, railway and air.
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