A Timeline of Harrogate

By Tim Lambert

1631 St John’s Well is discovered

1680 Harrogate is slowly growing as visitors come for its medicinal wells

1749 As the community grows a chapel dedicated to St John Chapel is built

1786 Wedderburn House is built

1788 A theatre is built in Harrogate

1826 Bath Hospital is built

1831 Christ Church is consecrated. By this time Harrogate is growing rapidly. It has a population of 4,000.

1841 An act of parliament forms a body of men with powers to provide amenities for Harrogate

1842 Royal Pump Room is built

1846 A water company is formed

1847 Harrogate gains gas light

1848 The railway reaches Harrogate. Trains boost the growth of the town by making it easier for people to visit.

1884 Harrogate gains a mayor and corporation

1887 The first public library opens in Harrogate

1895 Magnesia Well is discovered

1897 Harrogate gains an electricity supply. The Royal Baths opens.

1900 Harrogate theatre opens

1901 Harrogate is still growing rapidly. It now has a population of about 26,000

1903 Royal Hall is built

1923 A war memorial is erected

1933 Sun Pavilion and Sun Colonnade are built

1951 The population of Harrogate reaches 50,000

1953 The Royal Pump Room becomes a museum

1969 The Baths close

1971 Tewit Well is sealed

1982 Harrogate Conference Centre opens

2008 Royal Hall is restored