Calcutta High Court British India Era – Old Photo 1880

This is one of the oldest photographs of the Calcutta High Court in 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. To me, this building has a near likeness to the Chennai Central Railway Station building.

See in- Chennai central., see also my post- Antique Print Of Madras Central Railway Station. 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 that ran the administration till then. This in turn many Indian departments underwent major changes. One of them being the judicial structure, which today follows more or less the same principle after the change.

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

The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, or stock photos or taken from other sources.

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7½ x 5½ inch

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Bourne & Shepherd