|Altitude:||12 m (39 ft)|
|Present Day Details|
|‘East Indian Railway’ (EIR), ‘Bengal-Nagpur Railway’(BNR) , ‘Howrah-Amta Light Railway’ and 'Howrah-Sheakhalla Light Railway’
See page Howrah Railway Station for details
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places of interest during the British period
Howrah is situated across the river from Calcutta, on the west bank of the Hugli River. It was the headquarters of Howrah District in the division of the same name in the Bengal Districts during the British period.
Modern name: Howrah
- St Thomas Church
- Bantra Cemetery
- Many maritime related burials took place at Howrah, where St Thomas' Church and Cemetery were established in 1833. See external link below to Bengal Obituary
See also separate page Howrah Floating Bridge and Howrah Bridge for further information
The Howrah Bridge was designed to link Howrah with the city of Calcutta. The old Floating Pontoon Bridge was built by Sir Bradford Leslie in 1874. It was largely a timber construction which opened to let river traffic through.
In 1937 work began on a new bridge - which is a landmark of Kolkata (Calcutta) today, being one of the foremost cantilever bridges in the world. It was formally opened in 1943 and the old bridge was decommissioned soon after in 1946. The new bridge was renamed Rabindra Setu in 1965 to honour Rabindranath Tagore - the first Indian to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. However, it is still commonly referred to as the Howrah Bridge.
- Howrah City Imperial Gazetteer
- A view of the Howrah Dockyard, now archived from the website of the Victoria Memorial Hall, Calcutta
- Cliff's Calcutta: How Richard's singing career actually began in the British Raj by Steve Turner 13 January 2013 dailymail.co.uk. The singer Cliff Richards once lived in Howrah
Historical books online
- An Account of Howrah, Past and Present by C D Banerjei 1872. Pdf download from National Library of India.
- Bengal District Gazetteers: Howrah 1909 Archive.org
- List of burials at Howrah (Bengal Obituary) archive.org
- List of Graves at Howrah Cemetery in a ruinous condition page 701 Gazette of India April 3, 1915. Subsequently repeated page 774 Gazette of India April 17, 1915.