Civil Lines, Allahabad

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Civil Lines
White Town [1][2]
Built in1857
Founded byCuthbert Bensley Thornhill
 • TypeMayor-council government
 • BodyPrayagraj Municipal Corporation

Civil Lines (formerly Cannington[3] also Canning Town[4]) is a Civil Lines neighborhood of Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India. It is the upper-class central business district of the city and is famous for its urban setting, gridiron plan roads[5] high rise buildings, offices, cafes, restaurants, hotels, malls, shopping complexes, theatres etc. 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]


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]


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

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  1. ^ "Death of a small town". Retrieved 22 April 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Mishra, Pankaj (12 October 2011). Temptations of the West: How to be Modern in India, Pakistan and Beyond. London: Pan Macmillan. pp. 35–36. ISBN 9780330434683. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  3. ^ Chatterton, Eyre. "A History of the Church of England in India". 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 978-8125013839.
  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. ^ "Unsung story of Civil Lines". The Times of India. 3 July 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  7. ^ Nayar, Pramod K. (2009). Days of the Raj: Life and Leisure in British India. Penguin Books India. p. 50. ISBN 9780143102809. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  8. ^ Dixit, Kapil (14 August 2014). "Cops conserve British era records". The Times of India. Allahabad. Retrieved 15 September 2014.