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Honeymoon Lodge, Barrackpore Park

Honeymoon Lodge, Barrackpore Park

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1878

Shelfmark: Photo 897/1(45)

Item number: 897145

Genre: Photograph

This photograph of Honeymoon Lodge from the 'Walter Hawkins Nightingale (PWD) collection: Album of views of Calcutta, was taken by an unknown photographer in the late 1870s. Barrackpore, fourteen miles from Calcutta, was originally a permanent barracks, but when Marquess Wellesley took over the Commander-in-Chief's residence, in 1801, he decided to make improvements to the area. As well as building a summer residence for future Governors-General he landscaped the gardens and added an aviary, a menagerie and a theatre. Barrackpore Park then became a popular place for leisure pursuits. Bungalows were built in the park initially as sleeping quarters for the Governor-General's staff, as Barrackpore House could not contain enough south-facing bedrooms to enable them to catch the southern cooling breeze.

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