In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Harrogate like this:
Harrogate, mun. bor., market town, and watering-place, mostly in Knaresborough par., E. div. West-Riding Yorkshire, 16 miles N. of Leeds and 198 miles NW. of London, pop. 9482; P.O., T.O., 3 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-days, Tuesday and Saturday. The industries of the district are wholly agricultural. The prosperity of the town is attributable to the excellence of its chalybeate, sulphureous, and saline springs, which have long maintained a high reputation as curative agents. Harrogate was incorporated 1883.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Harrogate in West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 19th June 2013
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