Borough of Harrogate

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Borough of Harrogate
Harrogate Council Offices
Coat of arms of Borough of Harrogate
Official logo of Borough of Harrogate
Shown within North Yorkshire
Shown within North Yorkshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Ceremonial countyNorth Yorkshire
Admin. HQHarrogate
 • TypeHarrogate Borough Council
 • Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive:Conservative
 • MPs:Nigel Adams,
Andrew Jones,
Julian Smith
 • Total505 sq mi (1,308 km2)
 • Rank16th
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total160,831
 • RankRanked 121st
 • Density320/sq mi (120/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code36UD (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 District, Richmondshire, Hambleton District, Selby District and York districts in North Yorkshire and the boroughs of the City of Bradford and City of Leeds in West Yorkshire. It falls primarily within the HG, LS and YO postcode areas, while a small part of it is within the BD area.

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
2016 37 10 7
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
2018 31 7 2


In July 2021 the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government announced that in April 2023, the non-metropolitan county will be reorganised into a unitary authority. Harrogate Borough Council will be abolished and its functions transferred to a new single authority for the non-metropolitan county of North Yorkshire.[4][5]

Parliamentary constituencies[edit]

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[edit]

Freedom of the Borough[edit]

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


Military units[edit]


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. ^ "Next steps for new unitary councils in Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Somerset". GOV.UK. Retrieved 20 December 2021.
  5. ^ "The new council". North Yorkshire County Council. Retrieved 20 December 2021.
  6. ^ British Pathe (27 July 2021). "Freedom To Viceroy Elect (1926)" – via YouTube.
  7. ^ "Bettys ex-chief Jonathan Wild granted freedom of Harrogate". BBC News. 18 July 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2021.
  8. ^ 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.

Coordinates: 53°59′25″N 1°32′28″W / 53.99028°N 1.54111°W / 53.99028; -1.54111