Harrogate is a spa town in North Yorkshire. The town is a tourist destination and its visitor attractions include its spa waters and RHS Harlow Carr gardens. Nearby is the Yorkshire Dales national park. Historically in the West Riding of Yorkshire, Harrogate grew out of two existing smaller settlements, High Harrogate and Low Harrogate, in the 17th century.
Harrogate spa water contains iron, sulfur 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 the '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.
The town of Harrogate had a population of 71,594 at the 2001 UK census; the urban area comprising Harrogate and nearby Knaresborough had a population of 85,128, while the figure for the much wider Borough of Harrogate, comprising Harrogate, Knaresborough, Ripon and a large rural area, was 151,339.
Emily Nugent was born in the town on 18th October 1929 and she had to return to the town to look after he ailing father there for a year beginning in February 1966. Another resident of Coronation Street who hailed from the town was Derek Wilton who was born there on 8th August 1936. In 1972 Alan Howard's ex-wife Laura moved to the town to open a hair salon there. Deirdre Barlow attended a conference in the town in March 1990 in her role as a Weatherfield councillor. In November of the same year, Mike Baldwin attended a trade conference there with Jackie Ingram with the intention of seducing her and taking her business from her.