Civil Lines, Allahabad

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Civil Lines
Cannington
Neighborhood of Allahabad
Civil Lines skyline with Indira Bhavan in background
Civil Lines skyline with Indira Bhavan in background
Nickname(s): White Town [1][2]
City Allahabad
Country India
Built in 1857
Founded by Cuthbert Bensley Thornhill
Government
 • Type Mayor-council government
 • Body Allahabad Municipal Corporation

Civil Lines (formerly Cannington[3] also Canning Town[4]) is a Civil Lines neighborhood of Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. It is the central business district of the city and is famous for its urban setting, gridiron plan roads[5] and high rise buildings. Built in 1857, under the supervision of Cuthbert Bensley Thornhill, it was the largest town-planning project carried out in India before the establishment of New Delhi.[4][5]

History[edit]

Civil Lines was built in 1858 a few months after the end of the Rebellion of 1857, when around 600 Meo people were massacred by the British people in India for their alliance with the Indian Independence Movement activists[6] and eight villages were seized to form a new township.[2] During the early period of its development it was referred to as the White Town of the city as it was predominated by the British people and a very few Indians were allowed.[2][7]

Demographics[edit]

A population of 923 was registered in Civil Lines during the 1951 Census.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Death of a small town". Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Mishra, Pankaj (Oct 12, 2011). Temptations of the West: How to be Modern in India, Pakistan and Beyond. London: Pan Macmillan. pp. 35–36. ISBN 9780330434683. Retrieved Jan 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ Chatterton, Eyre. "A History of the Church of England in India". anglicanhistory.org. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Jonathan M. Bloom, Sheila Blai (2009). The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture, Volume 3. Oxford University Press. p. 57. ISBN 8125013830. 
  5. ^ a b Henry George Keene (1875). A Hand-book for Visitors to Lucknow: With Preliminary Notes on Allahabad and Cawnpore. J. Jetley. pp. 14–15. ISBN 81-206-1527-1. 
  6. ^ http://m.timesofindia.com/city/allahabad/Unsung-story-of-Civil-Lines/articleshow/37687050.cms
  7. ^ Nayar, Pramod K. (2009). Days of the Raj: Life and Leisure in British India. Penguin Books India. p. 50. Retrieved Jan 23, 2014. 
  8. ^ Dixit, Kapil (14 Aug 2014). "Cops conserve British era records". The Times of India. Allahabad. Retrieved 15 Sep 2014.