Harrogate may be best known as a spa town, but it has also provided a lure for shoppers through the decades.

Those from different generations will have their own memories of particular stores, many of which were regarded as institutions in the town during their heyday.

Our historic photographs give a tiny glimpse of an era when independent names were more common the national chains in town centres everywhere.

Cars and fashions clearly point towards a date in the 1960s for one of these, with the unusual white-painted road-markings perhaps giving a hint of the traffic congestion that would follow in future decades.

The “any colour, so long as it’s black” paintwork of cars in the other suggests perhaps the early post-war years.

Whatever the precise dates, both have an unmistakable aura of Harrogate.

These archive images are among more than 6,500 historic views of North Yorkshire available at the County Record Office. Buy a copy or browse the collection.