Calcutta High Court British India Era, 1880 Photo

Calcutta High Court British India Era, 1880 Photo

One of the oldest photos of the Calcutta High Court during the British India era of 1880. Designed by architect Walter Granville in the neo-Gothic style the building opened in 1872. The design was based on the Cloth Hall building of Ieper town in Belgium, It stands majestically on the banks of the River Hooghly. The building bears a likeness to the Chennai Central Railway Station building.

Previously known as the High Court of Judicature at Fort William. The Calcutta High Court is the oldest in the country. It covers the jurisdiction of West Bengal and the union territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The British crown ruled directly over India after the Indian mutiny of 1857 Queen Victoria abolished the East India Company ran the administration till then. This in turn many Indian departments underwent major changes. One of them is the judicial structure, which today follows more or less the same principle after the change.

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Did you know- despite the name of the city having officially changed from Calcutta to Kolkata in 2001, the Court, as an institution retained the old name. 

From the collection- Vintage Oleograph Raja Ravi Varma “Laxmi”.,  Vintage Photo Cochin State Forest Tramway 1919.,  Vintage Postcard Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple Trivandrum.,   Vintage Photo Cochin State Forest Tramway 1919

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7½ x 5½ inch

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Bourne & Shepherd