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Boston Spa
Boston Spa
is a village and civil parish in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough in West Yorkshire, England. Situated 3 miles (5 km) south of Wetherby, Boston Spa
Boston Spa
is on the south bank of the River Wharfe
River Wharfe
which separates it from Thorp Arch. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 4,006 rising to 4,079 in the 2011 census.[1]

Contents

1 History 2 Governance 3 Amenities 4 Education 5 Housing 6 Events 7 Recreation 8 Gallery 9 Location grid 10 References 11 External links

History[edit]

High Street, Boston Spa
Boston Spa
showing the Crown Hotel to the right

In 1744, John Shires established a spa town when he discovered sulphur springs in the magnesian limestone. It was known as Thorp Spa but declined when Harrogate
Harrogate
became very popular as a spa town. In 1753, a turnpike was built on the Tadcaster
Tadcaster
to Otley
Otley
road, which passes through Boston Spa. In the same year, Joseph Taite built a house to accommodate visitors that became the Royal Hotel, which is still standing, but converted into flats and shops. By 1819, Boston Spa had a population of more than 600, and several inns and other houses offering accommodation had been built .[2] Spa baths were built to allow visitors to take the waters. On the north bank of the river is the village of Thorp Arch, which predates Boston Spa
Boston Spa
by several centuries. The Boston Spa
Boston Spa
and Thorp Arch Conservation Area,[3] designated in 1969, extended across both Boston Spa
Boston Spa
and Thorp Arch parishes. It was revised in 2009, restricting the boundaries to Boston Spa
Boston Spa
parish and reshaped to exclude areas of late-20th-century estate housing to the south of the High Street. The current conservation area boundary focuses on the historic settlement. It was extended to the west, to encompass West End, an area of dwellings constructed during the Second World War to house workers from Thorp Arch munitions factory. The war had a major effect on Boston Spa's population, society and surroundings, and the buildings stand as a testament to that history. Governance[edit] When Boston Spa
Boston Spa
was founded in 1744 it was in the township of Clifford in the old parish of Bramham, in the upper division of the wapentake of Barkston Ash, in the West Riding of Yorkshire.[4] From 1866 to 1896 it was part of the civil parish of Clifford with Boston, and became a separate civil parish in 1896.[5] The parish was in Wetherby
Wetherby
Rural District in the West Riding of Yorkshire
West Riding of Yorkshire
until 1974,[6] when it was transferred to the City of Leeds
City of Leeds
in the new county of West Yorkshire. Amenities[edit]

Costcutter
Costcutter
on High Street.

The Crown Hotel.

Boston Spa
Boston Spa
has a post office, a small library and a filling station. There are two public houses, (the Admiral Hawke and the Fox and Hounds both owned by Samuel Smiths Old Brewery), a small Costcutter supermarket in the former Royal Hotel and several independent retailers in the village centre (a butcher, hardware shop and several takeaways). The Crown Hotel, closed in 2012 and was subject to a public enquiry as to its future use. Arguments presented in 2014 by Tesco
Tesco
that the premises "had little or no use as a hotel facility" were accepted at appeal.[7] The Boston Spa
Boston Spa
(within Thorp Arch Trading Estate) branch of the British Library
British Library
(the Document Supply Service) is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north-east of the village and outside the civil parish.[8] This branch contains almost the complete British Library newspaper collection.[9] Education[edit] There are three primary schools in the village: Primrose Lane Primary School,[10] St Edward's Catholic Primary School[11] and St Mary's CE Primary School.[12] Close by, in the parish of Clifford, is Boston Spa
Boston Spa
Academy, the local secondary school taking pupils from areas which also feed comprehensives in Wetherby, Garforth
Garforth
and Pendas Fields. The school has success in sports and science teaching, and caters for pupils undertaking GCSEs, A levels, GNVQs and those with special needs according to its Ofsted reports.[13] Other educational establishments with postal addresses of Boston Spa although sited in the nearby parish of Clifford include the children's hospice Martin House and St John's Catholic School for the Deaf
St John's Catholic School for the Deaf
which has a UK-wide catchment. Housing[edit]

Boston Hall is Georgian house in the village now owned by Geoffrey Boycott.

Boston Spa
Boston Spa
comprises a mix of private and council houses. Most of the council housing is situated around Clifford Moor Road and Wickham Avenue. The east side of Boston Spa
Boston Spa
comprises mainly larger houses. There are many Georgian villas and town houses on High Street. Events[edit] The village annual gala is held in June. Since 2009 a beer festival takes place in the village hall.[14] The village hall has hosted a nationally renowned[15] weekly jazz night since January 2005[16] and an annual arts festival usually in October. Recreation[edit] The route of The White Rose Way, a long distance walk from Leeds
Leeds
to Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Scarborough, North Yorkshire
passes through the village. As does the Ebor Way
Ebor Way
which passes over the river at Thorp Arch village before continuing towards Tadcaster. Gallery[edit]

Georgian houses on High Street

Leys Lane

St. Mary the Virgin church

High Street

Location grid[edit]

Places adjacent to Boston Spa

Wetherby

Collingham

Boston Spa

Thorp Arch

Clifford

References[edit]

^ "Boston Spa". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 25 January 2016.  ^ http://www.aboutbritain.com/towns/boston-spa.asp ^ " Leeds
Leeds
city council designation" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 July 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2011.  ^ "Clifford cum Boston". GenUKI. Retrieved 30 August 2010.  ^ Vision of Britain website: Clifford With Boston ^ Vision of Britain website: Boston Spa ^ "The Crown Hotel Building", Bostonspapc.org.uk. Retrieved 16 March 2015 ^ Wight, Colin. "Finding the British Library, Boston Spa". www.bl.uk. Retrieved 25 January 2016.  ^ Wight, Colin. "British Newspaper Archive". www.bl.uk. Retrieved 2017-02-28.  ^ "Welcome to Primrose Lane Primary School". www.primroselane.leeds.sch.uk. Retrieved 20 February 2018.  ^ "About Our School". www.st-edwards.leeds.sch.uk. Retrieved 20 February 2018.  ^ "Welcome to our school". www.stmaryscofe.org.uk. Retrieved 20 February 2018.  ^ " Boston Spa
Boston Spa
School". Ofsted. Retrieved 25 January 2016.  ^ "Slideshow: Boston Spa
Boston Spa
Beer Festival hailed a success". Wetherby News. 25 February 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2018.  ^ "Top musicians and all that Jazz". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 14 December 2017.  ^ " Boston Spa
Boston Spa
- A Success Story". Jazz North West. Retrieved 14 December 2017. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Boston Spa
Boston Spa
at Wikimedia Commons British Library Boston Spa
Boston Spa
School Performing Arts School based in Boston Spa Martin House Hospice St John's Catholic School for the Deaf Photos of Boston Spa St Mary The Virgin Church Boston Spa
Boston Spa
Parish Council Just For Fun Theatre Group The ancient parish of Bramham: historical and genealogical information at GENUKI ( Boston Spa
Boston Spa
was in this parish). Boston Spa
Boston Spa
Arts Festival Jazz in the Spa

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