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Naini Tal Showing improvements to Racecourse, 1899

Naini Tal Showing improvements to Racecourse, 1899

Photographer: Lawrie and Company, G.W.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1899

Shelfmark: Photo 752/8(54)

Item number: 752854

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the sports ground at Nainital from the Macnabb Collection (Col James Henry Erskine Reid): Album of views of 'Naini Tal' taken by Lawrie & Company in 1899. The area of the Kumaon Hills had come under British rule after the Anglo-Nepal War (1814-16) but it wasn't until 1841 that P. Barron built the first European house in Nainital. The town became the summer headquarters of the colonial administration of the province. It was a popular retreat for the residents of the plains. Being popular with the British, the town developed a British character with several European schools, barracks, a sanatorium and a racecourse, of which this is a view.

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