Esplanade Road British Era Bombay, Old Photo 1877

An old 1877 photo of Esplanade Road in British-era Bombay, now Mumbai. Now known as Mahatma Gandhi Road. This photo shows a rare view of an undefiled Esplanade Road from its earliest days. Lined with shady trees on both sides that looked like a wide boulevard then. Bartle Frere the Bombay Governor decided on the removal of the Fort walls, the demolition took place in 1862.

The main streets: Esplanade Road, Rampart Row (K. Dubash Marg), and Hornby Road (Dr Dadabhai Naoroji Road) were planned along the course of the demolished fort walls. The British officials planned an impressive line of public and government buildings along the Esplanade. Mostly in a Neo-Gothic style, on a scale that was unheard of in Bombay’s past. Some of them are the Bombay University building, Prince of Wales Museum, Royal Institute of Science, etc. Then the Flora Fountain, and the Oriental Building.  Click on the photo for better view.

Did you know – an Esplanade is a vast open land or Maidan, in Portuguese times it was covered with dense coconut grove. 

From the collection – 1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal Art Abstract (#11)., Indian Troops In Europe WW1, Old Postcard 1915., Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s Cavalcade – Old Print 1888., Vintage Cars From British India Era – 6 Old Photos

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

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8 x 6 inch

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P. Vuccino & Co