Small Cause Court & Street Calcutta, 1880 Photo
This is one of the oldest photos of the Small Cause Court and Street in Calcutta dating to 1880. Except for a horse carriage, there is no other traffic or people visible. The British left behind many legacies some of them being the broad streets and magnificent monuments of today’s Kolkata. In colonial days Kolkata was the gateway to India on its eastern coast, the rival of Bombay, now Mumbai.
Before the coming of the British, Calcutta was a cluster of villages discovered by Job Charnock who is traditionally regarded as the founder. Centuries later the city would grow with magnificently wide boulevards and imposing edifices. One of them as shown in this photograph of the Small Cause Court and Street. That would leave a newly arrived European in the 19th or early 20th century to gape in astonishment wondering if he was still in Europe.
Do you know- Calcutta was called the city of Palaces because of the number of beautiful buildings built by the British Raj.