Newly Completed Crawford Market Mumbai, 1870 Photo

Rare Old 1870 photo of a newly completed Crawford Market in Bombay (Mumbai). Giving a rare glimpse of an early view of the market. Named after the energetic municipal commissioner, Arthur Crawford. Despite the change of name to Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market it is still popularly known as Crawford Market. Arthur Crawford was a dynamic city planner during his term of office (1865-71).

He with the then Bombay Governor Bartle Frere’s backing introduced zoning laws, and modern building practices and created health programs. All novel to Bombay. He had also promoted the market that remained a notable success. The market building was originally designed by Russell Aitken as a series of sheds, but a more extensive scheme was required.

Crawford then through a competition advertised first in London for market designs. William Emerson submitted the winning design. The establishment opened in 1871 and became an excellent example of British architecture in the city. J L Kipling the father of Rudyard Kipling designed the decorative panels. Because of the intricate design and sculpture, the panels still create interest even today. This is possibly one of the earliest photographs of Mumbai’s Crawford Market. Click on the photo for better view.

Read about A Guide To Some Of The Most Historic Buildings. See post Crawford Market Mumbai – Old Photo 1905.

Did you know- that one of the main attractions of the building is the 128-foot clock tower that stands like a silent sentinel.  

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8 x 6 inches

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British photographer