Mowbray’s Road In Adyar Madras, 1902 Photo

A 1902 photo of Mowbray’s Road in Adyar during British Era Madras (Chennai). It shows a beautiful arched tree-lined road that gives a slight surreal appearance. It was once referred to as the most beautiful road in Madras. Earlier it was a bullock cart track until the road was acquired by, George Mowbray, who arrived in Madras in 1771.

Mowbray was just an accountant initially in Fort St George. Later he became the Accountant General through sheer hard work and dedication. 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. However, the Adyar club would later acquire the land and the house, after his demise for the expansion of the club. After 1947 the road was renamed “TTK road” it is now part of Alwarpet in Chennai.

Read more- Celebrate the History and Heritage of Madras. See also- Ooty Gudalur Road Eucalyptus Trees – Old Postcard 1920s.

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

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Nicholas & Co