Writer’s Building In British Era Calcutta, 1900 Postcard
This is an old 1900 postcard of the Writer’s Building in British-era Calcutta (Kolkata). Built in 1780 this iconic building has an unusual name. The East India Company’s clerks and junior staff were then called writers. In the early years, the building housed these writers hence the name which stuck to this day.
After Madras, now Chennai was established by the British on the east coast, they set sail to explore the northern side. Reaching a small village near the banks of the river Hooghly they established a settlement. Over the years, this village along with two other nearby villages would merge to form Calcutta.
Did you know- the Writer’s Building is the first colonial three-storied building in Kolkata. Many more magnificent structures would follow later.