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Residency Cemetery in Lucknow

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The cemetery of the old church in the residency
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Some of the ruins still showing the marks of the battle in 1857
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Part of the Ballroom which was used as the hospital during the siege
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We visited the Residency Cemetery and the Havelock Memorial. Sadly the All Saints Garrison Church was closed.

Lucknow used to be the seat of the Nawabs of Oudh and was known as the City of Palaces until the uprising of 1857, when the siege of the Residency was the popular focus of the war, however many of the fine buildings were destroyed. It was ‘relieved’ twice, the first by General Havelock on 25th September 1857, merely reinforced the besieged force, the Second by General Campbell on 17th November evacuated the besieged, but abandoned the town. Lucknow was finally recaptured by the British Forces on 21st March 1858.

Havelock lost his life during the evacuation, and a memorial stands to him (and his son) in the City. Such did he capture the public imagination, that his is one of the three statues on plinths in Trafalgar Square in London.

Although The residency at Lucknow was destroyed during the long siege, the position the siege took in British psyche ensured that the site was preserved as a monument to those who died, and has continued to be preserved after Independence.

At the residency there are two types of monument. There are those in the churchyard which existed before 1857 and contains monuments from before the siege, as well as some from those who died during it. Secondly there are monuments scattered around the ruins of The Residency itself to commemorate those who took part in and died during the siege.

I have included both types here but have not distinguished between them.

 

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