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Wellesley Bridge, Seringapatam.

Wellesley Bridge, Seringapatam.

Photographer: Nicholas and Company

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Photo 472/1(36)

Item number: 472136

Genre: Photograph

This photograph was taken by Nicholas and Company in the 1870s and shows the Wellesley Bridge at Srirangapattana (Seringapatam) in Karnataka. The bridge is one of the oldest in the erstwhile Mysore State, noted for its strength and expert engineering. It was constructed in 1804 with the aid of French engineers under the order of the Dewan-Regent of Mysore, Purnaiya. It has a total of 64 spans of eight feet each with 512 feet of linear waterway. At the time of its construction it was not visualised that during heavy floods of the Kavery River the bridge would be submerged. However it has withstood the velocity and turbulence of the waters during the excessive south-west monsoon rains. It was named after Lord Wellesley but is known locally as Kirangur Sethuve.

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