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The Old Bell Tavern is in Royal Parade, Harrogate, England. Located in the Montpellier quarter, close to the Pump Room Museum and Valley Gardens, the tavern’s name refers to the fact that until 1815 an earlier Inn, The Bell existed on the site. The original Bell Tavern developed from the early 17th century alehouses which served visitors resorting to Harrogate’s famous Old Sulphur Well which lies beneath the dome of the Royal Pump Room museum opposite the premises. Sometimes known as the ‘Blue Bell’, probably because of the colour of its sign, the inn was also a stage in the York to Harrogate coaching run. The Bell closed in November 1815 and the property was occupied privately until 1846 when the site was cleared for the construction of Royal Parade at which time the original Bell’s inn cellars were incorporated into the new building. A series of historic drawings depicting the original Bell Inn can be seen in the Old Bell bar lobby area. In November 2001 the ground floor of No.7 Royal Parade was incorporated into the tavern. Originally the world famous Farrah’s Harrogate Toffee shop, this room has been restored to its former glory. The centre piece is the original Farrah shop display unit which now hosts a “museum” collection of Farrah memorabilia. In 1786, it was said of the tenants of the original Bell that they, “provided a stock of the best wines and other liquors, and furnished the house in a manner commodious for the reception of the genteelest families…”


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Photography been a longtime hobby that has now become an obsessive passion. I am fairly eclectic in my choice of subjects, and try to see beauty in most things. Thank you for dropping by my site and I welcome any feedback and tips.

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  • Lynne Morris
    Lynne Morrisalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture Christine.

  • Thank you very much Lynne.

    – Christine Smith

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you Audrey.

    – Christine Smith

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkialmost 4 years ago

    This looks very inviting to walk in and have a pint,nice work

  • Thank you Hans. We did walk in and the pint was nice.

    – Christine Smith

  • Clive S
    Clive Salmost 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • Thanks Clive

    – Christine Smith

  • TonyCrehan
    TonyCrehanalmost 4 years ago

    Reminds me of the Mary Hopkin song “Those were the days”….
    “Once upon a time there was a tavern where we used to raise a glass or two”
    How could you walk past this place without stopping in ?
    Great capture, colour and lighting.

  • Thank you very much Tony.

    – Christine Smith

  • clydeessex
    clydeessexalmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you Clyde.

    – Christine Smith

  • heznel
    heznelalmost 4 years ago

  • Wow, you have made my day. Thank you so much for featuring this image in your great group. It is very much appreciated.

    – Christine Smith

  • Hertsman
    Hertsmanalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful. I will have to re-visit Harrogate

  • Thank you very much. I hope you do make it back to Harrogate as it’s such a beautiful town.

    – Christine Smith

  • Jaclyn Hughes
    Jaclyn Hughesalmost 4 years ago

    beautiful piece of work!

  • Thank you so much Jaclyn.

    – Christine Smith

  • Morag Bates
    Morag Batesabout 3 years ago

    Beautifully done !

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  • Thank you so much for featuring this image Morag, and also for your kind words and the fave. I really appreciate it.

    – Christine Smith

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