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Interior of the Union Church, Simla

Interior of the Union Church, Simla

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 355/1(76)

Item number: 355176

Length: 24.6

Width: 29.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph by an unknown photographer of the Union Church in Simla, part of the Dunlop Smith Collection: Sir Charles Aitchison Album of Views in India and Burma. Simla, now the capital of Himachal Pradesh, is a hill-station at a height of 7000 ft in the Himalayan foothills, developed as a summer retreat and sanatorium by the British. The Union Church was opened on the 1st May 1870 and was a place where Presbyterians and Dissenters could worship. The Rev John Fordyce was its first minister, who preached to a congregation during the summer months and during the winter acted as Commissioner of the Anglo-Indian Christian Union, a society of Evangelical churches. The church held 240 people and was built on the 'Constantia' estate in Simla.

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