Old Court House Street British Era Calcutta, 1900 Postcard

Old Court House Street British Era Calcutta, 1900 Postcard

An old 1900 postcard of Old Court House Street in British-era Calcutta, now Kolkata. An odd name for an iconically famous commercial road and once a main artery of Calcutta. The street had a Court House back in the early days of British rule. Thus generically called Old Court House Street even after the court was relocated. The road was constructed in 1781 after the expansion beyond Fort Williams began once the perceived threat of any invasions diminished greatly.

Col. Henry Watson was said to be the brain behind the design and construction of this premier road. It is a 1.14 km stretch connecting Maidan (Esplanade), Bow Barracks, Barabazar, BBD Bagh, and Lal Bazar areas. St Andrews Church stands in the middle faintly visible at a distance. Kolkata’s iconic transport the Electric Tram is also visible in its early days. Notwithstanding the famous tongas which added a certain charm to the city at one time.

See post Old Courthouse Street Calcutta – Old Photo 1880.

Did you know- one of the most prominent landmarks, the Great Eastern Hotel, with its imposing building from the colonial era is located on this street.

From the collection- Antique Painting of Madras Fort St George., Ooty Town & Lake – Old Photo 1890., Queen Mary At The Taj Mahal, Old Print 1911., Cars On Mount Road Madras – Old Postcard 1920