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Tennis Tournament, Naini Tal, 1899

Tennis Tournament, Naini Tal, 1899

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1899

Shelfmark: Photo 752/4(17)

Item number: 752417

Genre: Photograph

View of the tennis courts at Naini Tal with a match in progress, from the Macnabb Collection (Col James Henry Erskine Reid): Album of Indian Views, taken by an unknown photographer 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 and a sanatorium. After the landslip of September 1880, a recreation ground known as 'The Flats' was built on the destroyed site.

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