Tuesday, 26 March 2013

First morning in Kolkata

We took a cab to the Victoria Memorial, and then another (by somewhat circuitous route) to St. Paul's Cathedral, on the recommendation of a German family staying at the same hotel (and also going on to Darjeeling next). The memorial building holds a large pictorial and photographic exhibition of the history of Calcutta and India's role in the British Empire (or is it the British Empire's role in India...).

St. Paul's Cathedral has many memorial plaques to British soldiers who fell in India in support of the Raj. One, in particular, caught my attention. It names Hamilton Thomas Gordon, who with a name like that is quite likely to be related to the Hamilton Gordons from whom my family is descended. See pictures from an earlier blog entry.

Back to the hotel for coffee and a cool down (it's 36 degrees here, somewhat different to the snowy UK we left behind).

This afternoon, the High Court, and then perhaps a ferry ride across the river.


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  2. George Bridge was my great great grandfather who had a number of plantations. One of them being at Kopati. In fact I had the chance to speak with my great grandmother (his daughter) many times, and I remember her mentioning about a some man who died and her making a wreath for him. She would have been about 20 at the time. Could he have been your relative? Interesting to think it might have been...