|South Park Street Cemetery, Kolkata. nshmpgmedia2013.blogspot.com|
|South Park street centery, Kolkata. www.bcmtouring.com|
It is simply an open-air museum of a large number of neo-classical, funerary sculptures of various pyramids, mausoleums and tomb statues built in a mix of Indo-Gothic-Saracenic style. The aura of the British Raj is well expressed by the architectural features. The heroic exploits of so many Europeans in the by-gone colonial period, etc are frozen in each one of the graves. Given below are some of the personalities buried here and their heroic and poignant stories frozen in the tombstones
|Tomb of william Jones http://www.bcmtouring.com|
|Tomb of Rose Aylmer, , is the first one on the left. |
|Elisabeth Jane Barwell, Kolkata.harpermcalpineblack.blogspot|
|Sir John Clavering wiki.fibis.org|
The Tomb of Dennison: The monument, known as the "Bleeding Tomb," because at certain times of year it appears to bleed. (Probably iron oxide leeching out during the rains.)
The tomb of Augustus Cleveland (d. 1784): Cleveland was an East India Company administrator in the Province of Bengal, a Collector of the Revenues and a Judge of the Dewanny Adawlut of the Districts of Bhagalpur and various others. He was quite sympathetic towards natives and won their friendship and admiration. He was killed by a rebel tribe when he was just 30 years old. After his death, he became revered by the native Indians as a Demi-god and his domed monument became a holy shrine.
The Tomb of Captain Edward Cooke, (1772-1799): Royal Navy officer. he was known for his wonderful service during the French Revolutionary Wars. He captured the French frigate HMS Sybille in the Indian Ocean in 1798; he led a successful bloodless raid on the port of Manila in the Spanish Philippines.
|Henry Louis Vivian Derozio (www.istampgallery.com|
|Tomb of Henry Louis Vivian Derozio & Bengal Movement. www.bcmtouring.com|
|impeached Justice Sir Elijah Impey.en.wikipedia.org|
a British army officer stationed in India. He founded the famous botanical garden at Calcutta in 1787.
|Kyd memorial urn (1795) A,J .C Bose Botanic Garden. en.wikipedia.or|
|Col. Robert Kyd. en.wikipedia.org|
|col. Colin Mackenzie. twitter.com|
The Tomb of Sir John Hadley D'Oyly, 6th Baronet (1754–1818): Politician, his eldest son the Collector of Customs at Calcutta, Member of Parliament for Ipswich. He married Diana Cotes, widow of William Cotes and daughter of William Rochfort.
|Gen. Charles Hindoo Stuart. www.bonaventura.co.uk|
commemorated under that appellation on the plaque. He lived in Calcutta for more than 50 years. He had a large collection of idols of Hindu deities. When he died on March 31, 1828, he was buried with his idols in the coffin.
Tomb of Major-General Charles Hindoo Stuart, www.bcmtouring.com
Above image: Stuart observed rituals, including a daily bath in the river Ganges as Hindus would do. His tomb resembles like a Hindu temple.
|Tomb of Lt. Col. Valentine Blacker, Sur. Gen. of India . www.bcmtouring.com|
The cemetery contains the tomb of Colonel Vansittart, whose wife was a descendant of Oliver Cromwell.
There is a tomb sacred to the memory of Samuel Oldham, the first British undertaker in Bengal. He got his tombstone (stone being rare in this alluvial region) from the ruins of the city of Gaur, north of the Ganga near English Bazaar. Mr. Oldham amassed a fortune before he himself was laid to rest here in 1788 surrounded by numerous of his own handicraft.