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An Indian compound at Umballa.

An Indian compound at Umballa.

Photographer: Bourne, Samuel

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 11/(70)

Item number: 1170

Genre: Photograph

View of a private house in Ambala, Haryana, taken by Samuel Bourne in the 1860s. Ambala was situated on the route from Delhi to Shimla in northern India. In the 1880s there was a huge cantonment here covering over 78 square km (48 square miles), constructed from 1843 onwards in a classic example of colonial grid planning. Paget Park and the Maidan provided open spaces. The British built St. Paul's Church and a cemetery here.

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