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Notes on the Geography of Northern India: Lucknow of the Europeans

A few of the British relics in Lucknow outside the Residency.

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The River Gomti. Ferryman below.

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Ready and willing, though there's a bridge just upstream.

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Here it is in fact. A famous Iron Bridge from 1845 was demolished in the 1950s.

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Reminder.

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The Husainabad clock tower, built at the expense of local land barons (taluqdars) to commemorate George Couper, Henry Lawrence's aide-de-camp during 1857 and, much later, the first person to hold the position (from 1880 to 1887) of Lt. Governor of the United Provinces. Couper had been a strong supporter of the landlords, and when he declined a memorial in the form of a statue of himself, the landowners paid instead for this clock in his memory. The clock survives, but memory of Couper has grown thin.

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Post Office.

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Early in the day.

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The Post Office tower behind a kiosk with the Mahatma, as much (and perhaps more) a figure of the British era than of the more recent past.

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Another kiosk, this one originally with a bronze statue of Queen Victoria.


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