About our smashing little spa town

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About our smashing little spa town

FHB is nestled in the heart of Harrogate and it’s a place that we love. The hustle and bustle of this beautiful little market town is simply infectious, from the quirky little boutique shops to the grand hotels it’s a place that has something for everyone. If you haven’t visited Harrogate before the architecture and parks here in Harrogate are exquisite.

Here’s a few things you might not know about our smashing little town:

The way Harrogate is today is owed to the discovery of its chalybeate and sulphur rich spring water in the 16th century. The first mineral spring was discovered in 1571 by William Slingsby who found that water from the Tewit Well in High Harrogate possessed similar properties to that from springs in the Belgian town of Spa, which gave its name to spa towns. The medicinal properties of the waters were publicised by Edmund Deane; his book, Spadacrene Anglica, or the English Spa Fountain was published in 1626.

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 discovered in the 16th century. In the 17th and 18th centuries its ‘chalybeate’ waters (containing iron) were a popular health treatment, and the influx of wealthy but sickly visitors contributed significantly to the wealth of the town.

Today you’ll find a fabulous array of cafe’s, bars, shops and a wonderful collection of warm and friendly locals. If you’re planning a trip pop in and see us at Fashion House Bistro and we’ll point you in the direction of all the interesting sites to see here in out smashing little spa town – hope to see you soon.