Harrogate, an Elegant Haven by Angela Caldin

I’ve just returned from spending a few days in Harrogate in the beautiful West Riding of Yorkshire. Harrogate is a spa town and its spring water contains iron, sulphur and common salt. The town became known as ‘The English Spa’ in the Georgian era and in the 17th and 18th centuries the iron-rich waters were a popular health treatment bringing an influx of well-off but sickly visitors who contributed greatly to the wealth of the town. After the enclosure of surrounding lands in 1770, 200 acres were reserved as a public common to link most of Harrogate’s springs… Read More

The Missing Apostrophe by Angela Caldin

Grammatical Error in Genteel Tearooms While I was up in Harrogate recently, I had the pleasure of visiting the famous tearooms in the town centre. As I was drinking in the atmosphere, I noticed on the menu that the name of this delightful venue was spelt BETTYS. I did a double take and realised what was troubling me: there was no apostrophe. I drank my coffee and enjoyed my croissant nonetheless, but when I got home I looked on their website and found this under the section marked FAQs: Q. Why has… Read More