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LS23 WETHERBY - Boston Spa, Bramham, Clifford, Thorp Arch, W

In 1753, a turnpike was built on the Tadcaster to Otley road, which runs through Boston Spa. In the same year, Joseph Taite built a house for the accommodation of visitors in Boston Spa that became the Royal Hotel &mdash, which is still standing, but converted into flats and shops. By 1819, Boston Spa had a population of over 600, and several inns and other houses offering accommodation. Spa baths were built to allow visitors to take the waters. On the east bank of the river lies the village of Thorp Arch, which predates Boston Spa by several centuries.

Boston Spa is a village and civil parish in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough in West Yorkshire, England, 3 miles (4.8 km) south of Wetherby, on the banks of the River Wharfe. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 4,006 and it is in LS23(Wetherby) postcode district.

Thorp Arch hosted a World War II Royal Ordnance Factory, ROF Thorp Arch, an ammunition Filling Factory. ROF Thorp Arch closed in 1957. Part of the site is the home of the Northern Reading Room, Northern Listening Service and Document Supply Collection of the British Library. The remainder of the site is occupied by Thorp Arch Trading Estate and two prisons, now combined as Wealstun Prison.

Bramham Park is a country house between Leeds and Wetherby,West Yorkshire England. The Baroque mansion was built in 1698 by Robert Benson, 1st Baron Bingley. It has remained in the ownership of Benson's descendents since its completion in 1710 The house is surrounded by a landscaped park ornamented by a series of follies and avenues laid out in the 18th century landscape tradition. Following a fire in 1828 the house was derelict for 80 years until restored under the supervision of the architect Detmar Blow circa 1908. The house is named after the nearby village of Bramham.

In 1744, John Shires established Boston as a spa town when he discovered magnesian, limestone and sulphur springs. In those days it was known as Thorp Spa. It declined when Harrogate became very popular as a spa town.

Today it remains a private residence, while the park is the setting for the annual Bramham Horse Trials and Leeds Festival.

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