Residency (Lucknow) – A Preserve Monument

The History of Residency can be traced back to 1774 AD when Nawab Shuauddahula agreed to have a British Resident stationed in Awadh.

Residency was established at Lucknow when the capital of Awadh was shifted from Faizabad to Lucknow in year 1775 AD.

Originally, the site of Residency belongs to Sheikhzads.

Nawab Asafuddaula started the construction of Residency in year 1775 AD for the British Resident & his staff which was completed by Nawab Saadat Ali Khan in 1800 AD. Later it was used by the chief commissioner of Awadh.

Gradually , more building were added as their requirement grew.

Some of the main attraction inside the Residency are :-

1. Bailley Guard Gate
2. Treasure House
3. Dr. Fayrer’s House
4. Banqueting Hall
5. Imambara & Mosque
6. Begum Kothi
7. Museum
8. Main Building – Residency

Residency


When you enter the premises of the Residency & walk few meters you will come across the Bailley Guard gate which was constructed by Nawab Saadat Ali Khan in honour of John Bailley who become the Resident of Lucknow in the beginning of 19th Century.

Bailley Guard Gate

Close-up (Bailley Guard Gate)

After crossing Bailley Guard Gate , you will find the Treasure House on your right hand side. This building was completed in 1851 AD. During the revolution of 1857 the central part of the building was converted into ordinance factory.

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Treasure House

Treasure House

Towards your left hand side Dr. Fayrer’s House is there which was named after Dr. Fayrer who was Residency Surgeon.

Dr. Fayrer’s House

Dr. Fayrer’s House

If you move further straight from Bailley Guard Gate one can see the Banqueting Hall which was constructed by Nawab Saadat Ali Khan.

Banqueting Hall

Banqueting Hall

When you cross Fayrer’s house and take a left turn, on yours right hand side you will notice a Imambara & Mosque which is under renovation.

Imambara & Mosque

Imambara & Mosque

Close up - Imambara & Mosque

Further Moving ahead Begum Kothi is there and beside it , just on the gate of the kothi there is a Dargah of Kasim Sayyad Shah Baba. Begum Kothi was originally belongs to Nawab Asafud Daula which was sold to some European Businessman , later it was occupied by Vilayalti Mahal Makhdarah Aliya – the Begum of of Nasiruddin Haider.

Begum Kothi

Begum Kothi

Dargah - Kasim Sayyad Shah Baba

One of the major attraction of Residency is “ 1857 – Memorial Museum Residency” . The Museum is in two floors , Ground floor & Basement. The Museum has a nice collections of Photographs , Lithograph & Painting. Camera , mobile , bags are not allowed inside the Museum , locker facility is there outside the Museum without any charges.

1857 – Memorial Museum Residency

Entrance - 1857 – Memorial Museum Residency

1857 – Memorial Museum Residency

1857 – Memorial Museum Residency

1857 – Memorial Museum Residency

After visiting Museum I moved further & landed on the Main building of Residency.

Main Building

Main Building

Main Building

Main Building

The Lawn was spread in the Residency are well maintain thus look attractive.

Residency

Last but not least , some sweets for Ghumakkar friends.

Sweets for Ghumakkar friends

  • Wow Mahesh Ji. You should be a part time historian. The way you give the details about the places or monuments, is incredible. All images are very good and finally thanks a ton for the sweets.

    • maheh semwal

      There are many great writers in Ghumakkar, learning from them & trying to improve my skill.

      Thanks a lot for going through the post & liking it.

  • I have send the Ranthambhore video link to Nandan. Lets see when it get displayed.
    Thanks.

    • maheh semwal

      very soon unless n until Nandan is not very much busy.

  • Sharma Shreeniwas

    Very nice systematically detailing with fine phohotographs.

  • Sharma Shreeniwas

    Very nice systematic detailing with fine photographs.

    • maheh semwal

      Thanks Sir for your motivational words.

  • This is very nice images. Thanks for shearing your ideas.

    • maheh semwal

      Thanks for going through the post & leaving comment.

  • Ashok Sharma

    thro’ your good photographs this lucknow seems to be pulling me towards her perfect beauty.

    • maheh semwal

      I am glad that you liked the post.

  • I went to Residency on one of my trips and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was surprised to find not many people there. UP Gov is not doing a good job on spreading awareness about these historical monuments.

    Thanks for sweets. :-)

    @ Amit – That video was put on your story. I hope you got a chance to look at it.

    • mahesh Semwal

      You are very much right Nandan, Government are ignoring such a historical sites.

  • Ria Singh

    felt as if am actually there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mahesh Semwal

    Glad that u like the post

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