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Vepery is located in Chennai
Coordinates: 13°5′1″N 80°15′52″E / 13.08361°N 80.26444°E / 13.08361; 80.26444Coordinates: 13°5′1″N 80°15′52″E / 13.08361°N 80.26444°E / 13.08361; 80.26444
Country India
State Tamil Nadu
District Chennai District
Metro Chennai
Talukas Fort-Tondiarpet
 • Body Chennai Corporation
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 600 007
Lok Sabha constituency Chennai North
Planning agency CMDA
Civic agency Chennai Corporation

Vepery is a suburb in the north of Chennai, India. Abutting the transportation hub of Park Town, the neighbourhood covers a rectangular area north of the Poonamallee High Road.


Vepery is among those oldest neighbourhoods developed during the British settlement in the city of Madras. Christian missionaries started arriving in the neighbourhood as early as 1749, soon after the treaty of Aix la Chapelle when the city was restored to the English from the French. The Vepery Mission is the oldest mission connected with the Church of England in India[1]

In 1828, St. Matthias Church was built, making it the second oldest Anglican Church after St. Mary's Church at Fort St. George. The church was officially consecrated on St. Matthias day in 1842 by the officiating Bishop Spencer of Madras.

On 1 March 1855, the Madras Parental Academic Institution and Doveton College were established at Vepery within the local limits of the then city of Madras. The surrounding area of Doveton acquired its name after Capt. John Doveton, who served as a Captain Commandant of the Seventh Regiment of Infantry.[2]


Major landmarks include:

  • Madras Veterinary College
  • St. Christopher's College of Education
  • Doveton Corrie Schools
  • Bentinck Higher Secondary School for Girls
  • Periyar Thidal
  • Office of the Commissioner of Police[3]
  • Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)


Important streets include

  • Vepery High Road
  • Jermiah Road
  • EVK Sampath Road
  • Maddox Street
  • Brethapet Road


  1. ^ Westcott, A. (1897). "Our Oldest Indian Mission: A Brief History of the Vepery (Madras) Mission". Madras Diocesan Committee of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. Retrieved 1 Sep 2013. 
  2. ^ "Our History". Doveton Corrie Protestant Schools Association. Retrieved 1 Sep 2013. 
  3. ^ Selvaraj, A. (16 July 2011). "CM to open police head office in Vepery". The Times of India (Chennai: The Times Group). Retrieved 1 Sep 2013.