Old Harrogate – Harrogate centre map

Old Harrogate was to be found in the West Riding of Yorkshire until 1974 when it became part of the new county of North Yorkshire along with other towns and cities including York, Northallerton, Thirsk and Scarborough.  Harrogate featured in sheet 154 of the Ordnance Survey 6″ inch series of the West Riding of Yorkshire.  The table below gives a breakdown of the areas covered by the Harrogate area map.  Brief excerpts are also shown from the Kelly’s Directory of West Riding of Yorkshire 1881 to give a flavour and character of the area

Harrogate Centre



Area OS sheet Contains
Harrogate centre Yorkshire 154 SW High Harrogate, Low Harrogate, Killinghall, West Park and Harlow Moor


HARROGATE is a fashionable watering place and town and polling place for the Eastern division of the Riding, with a station on the North Eastern railway (Leeds Northern line), 3 miles south-west from Knaresborough, 11 south from Ripon, 15 1/2 north from Leeds, 22 west from York, 199 from London

The hotel accommodation Is of a superior character, convenient and even luxurious. The Prospect Hotel forms a feature of some importance in the town, commanding fine views and having an extensive range of premises, with every accommodation for visitors. One of the hotels, standing in beautiful grounds, has recently been converted into an attractive Hydropathic Establishment

In the year 1571 a steel spring, similar to that of Spa, in Belgium, was discovered by Mr. William Slingsby, and from the report of cures performed, Harrogate at that time acquired fame

The Royal Chalybeate Spa promenade and concert-room is a handsome stone building in the Grecian style, 100 feet long by 33 feet broad; the entrance is approached by a flight of steps, on the top of which are six massive fluted columns, over which there is a fine portico; concerts are held here every evening during the season : the room is lighted by beautifully ornamented windows and three elegant chandeliers, and is fitted up with every requisite; adjacent. to the room are extensive pleasure grounds and terraces, affording a delightful resort for visitors, in which a band plays every morning; along the north side of the room a new octagonal pump room and a colonnade of iron and glass