St. Andrew’s Church, Kolkata

Posted by Rahul Bharadwaj | Posted in Kolkata | Posted on 13-07-2009

Address:

Biplabi Trailakya Sarani,
B B D Bagh, Kolkata – 711204,
West Bengal, India.
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Did you know:

  1. B.B.D. stands for – Benoy, Badal and Dinesh, three martyrs, who shot dead N.S. Simpson, the Inspector General of Prisons, in the balconies of Writers’ building.
  2. Dalhousie square was named after Lord Dalhousie, Governor General of India from 1847 to 1856. At different times it has been called The Green before the Fort or Tank Square.
  3. The St. John’s Church’s yard (Catheral Church) has the Mausoleum of Job Charnock (was considered the founder of Kolkata until 2007).
  4. Catheral Church is supposedly the oldest piece of masonry in Calcutta.
  5. The Dalhousie Square has been declared as one of the world’s 100 most endangered sites by the World monument watch.

More Information (by Sankhadip Basu): Binoy and Badal had shot themselves dead and Dinesh was captured alive and later hanged. The daring attack on Writers’ Building carried out by the trio had shaken up the entire British establishment in India then and had a deep impact on the British administration in Bengal. Read more.

Recent changes that have happened to the place:

  1. The tram has stopped plying on this road. They now ply on the left of where the current shot is taken from.
  2. The building that is just cut off on the right hand side is Stephen’s House which is now getting renovated (am trying to find a old snap of this building too.)
  3. The left of the place used to be a park (called Dalhousie Square) which has been now changed into BBG Bagh Bus stand.
  4. And, greenery, of course.

The top image was taken by Glenn S. Hensley in 1944 and image at the bottom was taken by Rahul Bharadwaj on 11th July, 2009. You can find this place on BBD Bagh (E) Road and Lalbazar Street crossing. The shot was taken from current BBD Bagh Bus stand.

(Click on the image below to enlarge)

Cathedral Church, Kolkata (1944)

Cathedral Church, Kolkata (1944)

Cathedral Church, Kolkata (2009)

Cathedral Church, Kolkata (2009)

Note: To the extreme left you would find the tower of Cathedral Church and towards the right you would see 3 building (only 2 are clearly visible) which still exists. Also notice (on the old image) the right most building with a flag of England, well, the post still exists, without any flag though.

Comments invited people.

PS: Thanks to Chetan Bharadwaj & Anurag Ahuja for accompanying me. And a very special thanks to Yogesh Goel (who lent me his camera).

Comments (9)

  1. Awesome work man…

  2. Damn! I am missing the Tram! At this rate, Kolkata will have no heritage to boast of. These political a$$-holes suck. For the sake or petty Union culture and profit-making and corrupt attitude, a lot of Calcuttan heritage is gone.

  3. Rahul this is awesome work…my best wishes!!
    one think i’d like to point out…may be unintentionally, u hv mentioned that Binoy, Badal and Dinesh had killed the inspector general prisons…but that’s not all about it…Binoy and Badal had shot themselves dead and Dinesh ws captured alive and later hanged…he was a martyr…the way it’s written in that note above, might give an impression to many that they were no more than terrorists!…the daring attack on Writers’ Building carried out by the trio had shaken up the entire British establishment in India then and had a deep impact on the British administration in Bengal thereafter…my request please make a correction in the above note…i’d really be grateful….
    it’s a great initiative on ur part…am really looking forward to some more of such work

  4. Rock On Rahul!! Kolkata On the Rocks :)

  5. I agree with Sankhadeep. I know you have done a great job. But lets not get into historical details henceforth, in order to avoid difference in opinions and factual misrepresentations. :)

  6. Nice photo. But this shows St. Andrew’s Church from Old Court House street. This is not St. John’s, nor the cathedral church (St. Paul’s).

  7. Hello Prasadranjan, thanks for dropping the comment. Have updated the title.

  8. Nice to see the old photos. But there are some mistakes, one has been pointed out that it is St.Andrew’s Church and not the Cathedral Church. Another thing you mentioned about the picture of the building on the right with an UK flag which is not correct. It is an US flag flying over the building as it was used as a recreation centre for American GI’s during the war period.

  9. great JOB…I have been there in the month of March 2013..just in front of this historical place…in RLO building …from where i can view from window the writers..but I never knew about it ..since I belong to Lucknow…bravo …debu

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