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 is on the south bank of the
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
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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
Harrogate became very popular as a spa town.
In 1753, a turnpike was built on the
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 . 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 by several
Boston Spa and Thorp Arch Conservation Area, designated in
1969, extended across both
Boston Spa and Thorp Arch parishes. It was
revised in 2009, restricting the boundaries to
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.
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. From 1866 to 1896
it was part of the civil parish of Clifford with Boston, and became a
separate civil parish in 1896. The parish was in
District in the
West Riding of Yorkshire
West Riding of Yorkshire until 1974, when it was
transferred to the
City of Leeds
City of Leeds in the new county of West Yorkshire.
Costcutter on High Street.
The Crown Hotel.
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
The Crown Hotel, closed in 2012 and was subject to a public enquiry as
to its future use. Arguments presented in 2014 by
Tesco that the
premises "had little or no use as a hotel facility" were accepted at
Boston Spa (within Thorp Arch Trading Estate) branch of the
British Library (the Document Supply Service) is 1.5 miles
(2.4 km) north-east of the village and outside the civil
parish. This branch contains almost the complete British Library
There are three primary schools in the village: Primrose Lane Primary
School, St Edward's Catholic Primary School and St Mary's CE
Close by, in the parish of Clifford, is
Boston Spa Academy, the local
secondary school taking pupils from areas which also feed
comprehensives in Wetherby,
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.
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.
Boston Hall is Georgian house in the village now owned by Geoffrey
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 comprises mainly larger houses.
There are many Georgian villas and town houses on High Street.
The village annual gala is held in June. Since 2009 a beer festival
takes place in the village hall. The village hall has hosted a
nationally renowned weekly jazz night since January 2005 and
an annual arts festival usually in October.
The route of The White Rose Way, a long distance walk from
Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Scarborough, North Yorkshire passes through the village. As does the
Ebor Way which passes over the river at Thorp Arch village before
continuing towards Tadcaster.
Georgian houses on High Street
St. Mary the Virgin church
Places adjacent to Boston Spa
^ "Boston Spa". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National
Statistics. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
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
^ Wight, Colin. "Finding the British Library, Boston Spa". www.bl.uk.
Retrieved 25 January 2016.
^ Wight, Colin. "British Newspaper Archive". www.bl.uk. Retrieved
^ "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
^ "Welcome to our school". www.stmaryscofe.org.uk. Retrieved 20
Boston Spa School". Ofsted. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
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 - A Success Story". Jazz North West. Retrieved 14
Media related to
Boston Spa at Wikimedia Commons
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 Parish Council
Just For Fun Theatre Group
The ancient parish of Bramham: historical and genealogical
information at GENUKI (
Boston Spa was in this parish).
Boston Spa Arts Festival
Jazz in the Spa
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See also: List of civil parishes in West Yorkshire
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