Borough of Harrogate

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Borough of Harrogate
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Shown within North Yorkshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Ceremonial county North Yorkshire
Admin. HQ Harrogate
  TypeHarrogate Borough Council
   Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
  Executive: Conservative
   MPs: Nigel Adams,
Andrew Jones,
Julian Smith
  Total505 sq mi (1,308 km2)
Area rank 16th
 (mid-2019 est.)
  Rank Ranked 121st
  Density320/sq mi (120/km2)
Time zone UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
  Summer (DST) UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code 36UD (ONS)
E07000165 (GSS)
Ethnicity96.9% White
1.0% Mixed
0.8% S.Asian
0.8% Chinese or other
0.6% Black [1]

The Borough of Harrogate is a local government district and borough of North Yorkshire, England. Its population at the census of 2011 was 157,869. [2] Its council is based in the town of Harrogate, but it also includes surrounding towns and villages. This includes the cathedral city of Ripon and almost all of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, as a merger of the Masham and Wath rural districts, and part of Thirsk, from the North Riding of Yorkshire, along with the boroughs of Harrogate and the city of Ripon, the Knaresborough urban district, Nidderdale Rural District, Ripon and Pateley Bridge Rural District, part of Wetherby Rural District and part of Wharfedale Rural District, all in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

The district is part of the Leeds City Region, and borders seven other areas; the Craven, Richmondshire, Hambleton and Selby districts in North Yorkshire, the York unitary authority area, and the Districts of Leeds and Bradford in West Yorkshire. It falls primarily within the HG, LS and YO postcode areas, while a very small amount lies within the BD area.

The most populous district of North Yorkshire, it is the county's fourth largest district, as well the seventh largest non-metropolitan district in England. It was previously the county's second largest district until 1 April 1996, when the parishes of Nether Poppleton, Upper Poppleton, Hessay and Rufforth were transferred from the Borough of Harrogate to become part of the newly formed York unitary authority. According to the 2001 census, these parishes had a population of 5,169.


Elections to the borough council are held in three out of every four years, with one third of the 54 seats on the council being elected at each election. After being under no overall control from the 2006 election, the Conservative party gained a majority at the 2010 election.

Following the 2016 United Kingdom local elections and subsequent by-elections, [3] the political composition of Harrogate is as follows: The last composition of the former 54 seat council.

Year Conservative Liberal Democrat Independent
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Harrogate District Council 2017

Before boundary change came in.

The current composition of the new 40 seat council from the boundary change is as follows

Local Election 2018.

Year Conservative Liberal Democrat Independent

The district is divided between three parliamentary constituencies: the whole of Harrogate and Knaresborough, the eastern part of Skipton and Ripon and the north western part of Selby and Ainsty


By population:
1. Harrogate
2. Ripon (city)
3. Knaresborough
4. Boroughbridge
5. Pateley Bridge
6. Masham

Historical sites

Freedom of the Borough

The following people and military units have received the Freedom of the Borough of Harrogate.


Military Units

See also

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William Grainge 19th-century English historian

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2008 Harrogate Borough Council election

The 2008 Harrogate Council election took place on 1 May 2008 to elect members of Harrogate Borough Council in North Yorkshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.

Nidderdale Greenway

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Commons-logo.svg Media related to Borough of Harrogate at Wikimedia Commons

  1. "Resident Population Estimates by Ethnic Group (Percentages); Mid-2005 Population Estimates". National Statistics Online. Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2008.
  2. UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Harrogate Local Authority (1946157115)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics . Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  3. "Harrogate Borough Council Committee Information : Welcome". Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  4. British Pathe (27 July 2021). "Freedom To Viceroy Elect (1926)" via YouTube.
  5. "Bettys ex-chief Jonathan Wild granted freedom of Harrogate". BBC News. 18 July 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2021.
  6. Webster, Jacob (10 September 2021). "Former Harrogate Advertiser editor to be given freedom of borough for 'service to community and journalism'". The Harrogate Advertiser. Retrieved 12 September 2021.

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