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Late Afternoon in the Montpelier Quarter, Harrogate

Christine Smith

Grovedale, Australia

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FEATURED in Your Country’s Best 24-10-2010
FEATURED in Quality Art & Photography 30-11-2010
FEATURED in HDRI No Holds Barred 05-05-2011
FEATURED in Artists Universe 22-01-2012
FEATURED in Canon Photography Only 23-01-2012
CHALLENGE WIN in the Roadways, Highways, Stairways & Byways – Empty City Streets Challenge -01-07-2013
TOP TEN FINALIST in the Quality Art & Photography – By Invitation Only Challenge 13-06-2012
TOP TEN FINALIST in the Cover Shots – Streets of the City Challenge 06-11-2012

Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Lens: @ 24mm, ISO: 200, Aperture: f7, Shutter: 1/100

Taken in Harrogate, a spa town in North Yorkshire, England. The town is a tourist destination and its visitor attractions include its spa waters, RHS Harlow Carr gardens, and Bettys Tea Rooms. From the town one can explore the nearby Yorkshire Dales national park. Historically a part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Harrogate originated in the 17th century, with High Harrogate and Low Harrogate as two separate settlements. It lies adjacent to Knaresborough, with which it forms a single urban area, and is in the Nidd valley.

Harrogate spa water contains iron, sulphur and common salt. The town became known as ‘The English Spa’ in the Georgian Era, after its waters were first discovered in the 16th century. In the 17th and 18th centuries especially, these ‘chalybeate’ waters (i.e. containing iron) were a popular health treatment, and the influx of wealthy but sickly visitors contributed significantly to the wealth of the town.

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