29 Oct Kensal Green’s resting souls
A Historic Burial Ground’s Surprising Connections with India
Happy times at Belgachia
Fanny’s lovely Calcutta
Fanny and Charles Parkes lived in a rented house on Park Street near Chowringhee, the main thoroughfare of Calcutta. She loved the city, describing Calcutta as…”the City Of Palaces, and it well deserves the name. The Government House stands on the Maidan, near the river; the city, and St Andrews’ Church lie behind it; to the left is that part called Chowringhee, filled with beautiful detached houses, surrounded by gardens; the verandahs, which generally rise from the basement to the highest story, give, with their pillars, an air of lightness and beauty to the buildings, and protecting the dwellings from the sun, render them agreeable for exercise in the rainy season”.
*Vol 1 pages 20-23, 348,383. Vol2 pages 6. 45 : “Wanderings of a Pilgrim in search of the Picturesque” By Fanny Parkes.
** “Fanny Parkes Case Study” : blogs.ucl.ac.uk/eicah/ (East India Company at Home)
How to get here:
- Closest tube station : Kensal Green on Bakerloo Line
- Open Monday to Saturday 9am-6pm (Sunday 10am-5pm)
- Toilet facilities
- Wheelchair access
- Entry Free
- “Wanderings of a Pilgrim in search of the Picturesque – Volumes 1&2”. By Fanny Parkes. Published by Pelham Richardson, 1850
- Begums, Thugs and Englishman ; the Journals of Fanny Parkes” By William Dalrymple. Published by Penguin Books, 2002.
- “Partner in Empire : Dwarkanath Tagore and the age of enterprise in Eastern India”. By Blair B Kling. Published by The University of California Press
- “Memoir of Dwarkanath Tagore”. By Kissory Chand Mittra. Printed by Thacker, Spink & Co, Calcutta, 1870
- “Dwarkanath Tagore; A forgotten Pioneer”. By Krishna Kripalani. Published by National Book Trust, New Delhi
- blogs.ucl.ac.uk/eicah/ (East India Company at Home)