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Amunition [sic] in Fort William, Calcutta

Amunition [sic] in Fort William, Calcutta

Photographer: Fiebig, Frederick

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1851

Shelfmark: Photo 247/2(15)

Item number: 247215

Genre: Photograph

A hand-coloured print of ammunition in Fort William, Calcutta, from the Fiebig Collection: Views of Calcutta and Surrounding Districts, taken by Frederick Fiebig in 1851. This is a view of a pyramid of stacked cannonballs inside Fort William, with a tower of St Peter's Church visible in the background. The New Fort William was built around Gobindpore, the most southerly settlement of Calcutta, to replace the Old Fort, which lay slightly to the north. Designed by Captain John Brohier, it was an irregular octagon with seven gates, surrounded by extensive defences. Begun in 1757, the main construction work was completed in ten years, but the fortifications were completed only in 1778. The foundation stone of St Peter's Church, situated within the walls of Fort William, was laid in 1822.

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