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Presidency: Bengal
Coordinates: 22.867422°N, 88.367143°E
Altitude: 9 m (30 ft)
Present Day Details
Place Name: Chandannagar
State/Province: West Bengal
Country: India
Transport links
East Indian Railway
Grand Trunk Road

Chandernagore was formerly a French colony and is situated about 30km north of the centre of Calcutta straddling the Hugli River.


The French arrived in 1673. Chandernagore became a larger trading centre than neighbouring Calcutta. Its importance fell after Colonel Robert Clive of the British East India Company and Admiral Watson captured Chandernagore in the Battle of Chandernagore 1757. Control was returned to the French in 1816, where it remained until independence.

Spelling Variants

Modern name: Chandannagar
Variants: Chandernagore/Chandernagar/Chandernagor



  • The Sacred Heart Church: French
  • Church of St. Louis: French (now a ruin)


  • St. Joseph's Convent for girls RC 1861
  • Ecole de Saint Mare (St Mary’s School) 1862, later called Collège Dupleix (Dupleix school from 1901) and renamed Kanailal Vidyamandir after 1948.


  • Le Petit Bengali: first published 1879.
  • Viva la Republique: first published 1882. Bengali version named Prajabandhu.

FIBIS Resources

The indexes to Chandernagore Civil Births, Marriages and Deaths have been transcribed from the original records located at the Centre D'Archives d'Outre Mer at Aix Le Provenance in France. These are available to search generally via the Fibis Search facility. The datasets are:
Chandernagore Civil Marriage Index 1831-1864
Chandernagore Civil Birth Registration Index 1831-1864
Chandernagore Civil Death Registration Indexes 1831-1899

External Links

Historical books online