Harrogate affairs were originally looked after by the Royal Court of the Honour of Knaresborough, administered by the Duchy of Lancaster. Harrogate had relied on policing by constables from Pannal and other townships. As Harrogate grew, it was allowed a policeman of its own who was formally appointed by Knaresborough court. This remained the case until the West Riding constabulary was formed in 1857. The original building was built in 1866 and was the first police station in the town, quickly also becoming the first courthouse.
This photo shows the old original police station building which was later demolished to make way for the new courthouse building.