It was founded in 1836 by the unlikely-named Pickersgill Palliser as the Harrogate Advertiser and Weekly List of Visitors – the list being a “who’s who” of fashionable visitors to the spa town. It adopted its existing title in 1918.
It’s published by the Ackrill Media Group, a division of nationwide publishers of regional newspapers Johnston Press, and is the lead title in a series of paid-for newspapers for the A1 corridor through North Yorkshire that also includes the Knaresborough Post, the Nidderdale Herald, the Ripon Gazette and the Wetherby News.
A freesheet companion, the Harrogate Herald, ceased publication in 2011.
It used to come out on Fridays, but switched to Thursday publication – and moved from its traditional broadsheet format – as of 31 May 2012.