Madras Mowbray’s Road – Old Photo 1902

This is an old 1902 photo of the Mowbray’s Road at Adyar in Madras, now Chennai. Once referred to as the most beautiful road in Chennai in 1919. Previously a bullock cart track, until it was acquired by Mr. George Mowbray, who arrived in Chennai in 1771.  He was initially an accountant at Fort St George later ring to the rank of Accountant General.

See also- Ooty Gudalur Road Eucalyptus Trees – Old Postcard 1920s.

In 1780 he acquired 100 acres of land in the neighborhood and built a house that came to be known as the Mowbray’s Cupola. The Adyar club would later acquire the land and the house for the expansion of the club. Renamed as “TTK road” after independence it is now a part of Alwarpet in the city. Shown in the photograph is a beautiful arched tree-lined road giving a somewhat surrealistic effect.

Read more- Celebrate the History and Heritage of Madras.

Did you know- TTK stands for T T Krishnamachari who was India’s finance minister under Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. 

From the collection- Old Book – Bombay Gateway of India 1994.,  Vintage Postcard Bangalore Cubbon Park., Vintage Photo Madras Mount Road Electric Tram.,  Page From Rare 1713 Latin Book on Calicut.,  Vintage Raja Ravi Varma “Laxmi” Oleograph

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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Nicholas & Co