For centuries visitors to Harrogate have drank water from its famous spa to cure ranging from gout to back pain. Visitors nowadays however, are only permitted to smell the water, which carries a pungent whiff of rotten eggs!
Betty Lupton dispensed the strong sulphur water for around sixty years. The attendants earned a small wage and supplemented their income with tips from visitors. Betty was crowned Queen of the Well on Queen Victoria's Coronation Day. She retired in 1843 just after the new pump room had opened. She was given a pension of seven shillings a week by the Harrogate Improvement Commissioners. She died later in 1843 aged eighty three.
The interior of the pump room in The counter for serving the water was to one side of the room. This counter was replaced in the Notice the large mirror provided so visitors could admire the ceiling plasterwork without hurting theirs necks.
Vintage posters worth £15,000 found under carpet of a rundown house