Hooghly River & High Court Kolkata, Old PC 1910

An old 1910 postcard of the Hooghly River and the High Court buildings of Calcutta, now Kolkata. The Hooghly is one of the great deltas of the famous Ganges River. It pours its waters into the Bay of Bengal. It is from this river that foreign visitors travelled to the interiors centuries ago.

All arrived for exploration and trade like the Chinese, Egyptians, Ceylonese, Southeast Asians, etc. In the later years, it was the Europeans like the Portuguese, French, Dutch, British, Danish, and so on. Most of these European countries established trade settlements on the banks of the river in Hooghly city.

But sometime later the British led by Job Charnock moved their base upriver in present-day Calcutta which was then a cluster of villages. It is from here that Calcutta grew into one of the finest cities that was equal to or better than any European city in the British India era period. From the Hooghly River, the magnificent building of the Calcutta High Court is visible.

Designed by architect Walter Granville in the neo-Gothic style the premises opened in 1872. The design was based on the Cloth Hall building of Ieper town in Belgium. As you can see it stands majestically near the banks of this famous channel. Previously known as the High Court of Judicature at Fort William. This High Court is the oldest in the country. Click on the photo for better view.

Did you know- that foreign traders arrived in Bengal for the sole reason of buying muslin fabric, at that time Bengal produced the finest in the world.

From the collection- M F Hussain Painting – Air India Advertising Postcard 1960., Korean War Prisoners UN India – Old Photo 1954., Making Of The Mullaperiyar Dam – Old Print 1895., Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Loop, Old Photo 1890

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