View of Shoolay Bangalore, 1910 Postcard
A 1910 photo postcard about “View of Shoolay” in Bangalore, now Bengaluru. Shoolay is linked with the creation of the Bangalore Cantonment in 1809. It was a small village or an inhabited area. The name was derived from Lake Shoolay which lay in close proximity to this village. Since it lay close to the cantonment it became a residence for British service officers, merchants, and traders.
Unfortunately, the lake was filled up and a football stadium came up in its place. Bangalore was first founded by Kempe Gowda I, who built a mud fort in 1537. Although there are evidence of traces of civilization dating back to 890. But it was Kempe Gowda who developed it into a city ruled under the Vijaya Nagar empire.
Hyder Ali would later capture the city and the mud fort. The fortress was reinforced with stone walls first by Hyder Ali and then completed by Tipu Sultan. The British defeated Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan capturing the fort and the city after the fourth Anglo-Mysore wars in 1799. Bengaluru thereafter would develop into a huge military cantonment city.
Did you know- the Shoolay Circle that connects Brigade Road with Richmond Circle and Hosur Road is today just another commercial area always jam-packed with traffic.