Simla in Winter: View on the Mall below 'Woodville'
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
View on the Mall below 'Woodville', Shimla from the 'Album of Indian Views', taken by Samuel Bourne in 1864. The hill-station of Shimla, now the capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh, became a popular resort with British residents of India in the 1820s. It also became the Presidency's summer capital when the Governor-General began to take his administration with him to the hills to escape the intense heat of Calcutta, 1300 miles away. Shimla was known as the 'English Convalescent Station' as its climate was conducive to good general health and the Military Sanatoria of Kasauli, Sanawar and Sabathu were also nearby. The Mall, seven miles in length was a popular meeting place in the summer season for walkers and riders and is still a popular location. 'Woodville', the house mentioned in the title was one of those rented out annually to visitors.