As we celebrate 70th Independence Day, we take you back to the days when the first War of Independence sparked. The Indian Rebellion of 1857 was a major, uprising against the rule of the British East India Company, which functioned as a sovereign power on behalf of the British Crown. The rebellion began on 10 May 1857 in Meerut and soon erupted into other cities including that of Lucknow.
Here we bring for you Rare pictures of Lucknow that speaks of the situation during and after the First War of Independence.
1. Execution of Indian Mutiny Rebels
Execution of Indian Mutiny Rebels in Lucknow. As the British re-conquered rebel areas, they took a terrible revenge on the Indian population.
2. Secundra Bagh
This photograph was taken by Felice Beato, a Corfu-born photographer, in March 1858. The assault Secundra Bagh, by troops under Sir Colin Campbell on 16 November 1857.
3. Chhota Imambara
The Siege of Lucknow, The Indian Mutiny 1857-1858. The damaged gate of the Small Imambara with members of the Madras Fusiliers in front.
4. The Residency at Lucknow
The square tower on the right slightly in view is the one in which British military commander Sir Henry Montgomery Lawrence was wounded. Part of a portfolio of photographs taken in 1858 by Major Robert Christopher Tytler and his wife Harriet, in the aftermath of the Uprising of 1857.
5. Ruins after Sepoy Mutiny
Ruins near Bada Imambada after Indian Mutiny – Lucknow, 1858.
6. British soldiers on the roof of the Alambagh
When British forces under the command of Havelock and Outram retook the Alambagh on 23 September 1857, they continued to fortify it and use it in connection with military operations associated with the Relief of Lucknow.
7. The British Residency
The British Residency in Lucknow, India, 1858. The Residency was the centre of the first Siege of Lucknow and the scene of the death of British military commander Sir Henry Montgomery Lawrence (1806 – 1857) during the Indian Rebellion (also known as the Indian Mutiny) of 1857.
LucknowBytes wishes everyone a very Happy Independence Day.