|| Today, Harrogate
is a vibrant and colourful town making much use of its
green spaces to provide floral displays for its thousands
of residents and visitors, so it’s hard to believe
that Harrogate derives from Har-low-gata which literally
For hundreds of years Harrogate was just another Yorkshire
town with little to distinguish it until William Slingsby discovered spring waters here. A dome marks the site
of the Tewitt Well that Slingsby discovered and
this can be found at the Stray.
This small well turned out to be Harrogate’s future
pot of gold as word slowly spread and soon Harrogate became
one of the first spa towns in Yorkshire.
Harrogate the spa town became famous for its sulphur
and iron rich waters, and it’s popularity increased
during the 18th century when a physician called Timothy
Bight claimed the spa water at Harrogate had healing
properties. It was claimed that the waters of Harrogate
could cure almost anything including nervous tension and
The Tewit Well on the Stray stands beside other wells
including the seventeenth century St John’s Well.
This well was named after a church, later replaced by
Christ’s Church in Church Square. It was discovered
by Dr Michael Stanhope. Other wells at Harrogate include
a Magnesia Well which was discovered in 1895 and
is located in Harrogate’s Valley gardens along with
many other mineral wells.
Perhaps the most famous of Harrogate’s wells was
a sulphur well known as the Stinking Spaw, which
can now be found within The Royal Pump Room, now