Clock Tower At Chandni Chowk Delhi, Old Photo 1877

This is an old 1877 photo of the Clock Tower at Chandni Chowk in Delhi. On the left is the town hall building, this is possibly one of the earliest photos of the clock tower of Chandni Chowk. Named Northbrook clock tower after Thomas Northbrook the then British Viceroy of India. It is believed to have been built somewhere around 1870 or earlier. Also popularly called Ghantaghar in Hindi. The iconic clock tower’s upper portion crumbled in 1950 killing several people down below.

It was then demolished instead of rebuilding it. In the later years, the street would be busy with trams and chockablock with shops. Chandni Chowk or Moonlit Square is part of old Delhi that was built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan. Before the British named it Delhi it was called Shahjahanabad. Shahjahanabad became the capital of the Mughal Empire. Shah Jahan decided to shift the capital from Agra to Shahjahanabad in 1639. Click on the photo for better view.

See post View of Delhi – Old Photo 1872. Read more Ghantaghar.

Did you know- that Old Delhi is called the “Walled City” because Shah Jahan built a protective wall surrounding the city with 14 gates. 

From the collection- Raja Ravi Varma’s “Birth of Shakuntala” Oleograph 1894., Coonoor In Nilgiris – Old Postcard 1910., Kerala Backwaters & Cargo Boats – Old Print 1922., Vintage Book 1939 – The Handbook of India

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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12x10 inch

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Samuel Bourne