Boston Spa

Boston Spa is an attractive village on the banks of the River Wharfe, 3 miles to the south of Wetherby. It has been called "the little Cheltenham of Yorkshire".

Boston was established as a spa in 1744, following the discovery of magnesian, limestone and sulphur springs here, and at that time it was known as Thorp Spa. Its popularity as a spa, however, declined as Harrogate's popularity grew. Many of its attractive creamy-coloured stone houses and inns, however, remain.

A single track bridge over the Wharfe, built around 1770 using local limestone links Boston Spa to the neighbouring village of Thorp Arch. A public footpath runs alongside the river all the way through the village.

OS grid reference SE 431 455

Useful and informative links

Boston Spa photographs from Geograph
Wikipedia article on Boston Spa

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