On This Day in Yorkshire- August 2nd 1880- The Spa in Scarborough re-opens after a fire

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At the height of Scarborough’s prowess as the first and best seaside resort in the country, disaster struck one of its most famous buildings. The Spa, which had dated back to the 18th Century caught fire in 1876 and one of the town’s most famous attractions was damaged and closed for four years. Finally on 2nd August 1880 the new Scarborough Spa  was re-opened and has remained so ever since. Afterwards it became more of an entertainment venue, rather than a place to take in healthy waters, which it had been since the 17th Century. Nowadays the Grand Hall is still going strong and has a full programme of events throughout the year.