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Presidency: Bengal
Coordinates: 25.15°N 82.58 °E
Altitude: 80 m (260 ft))
Present Day Details
Place Name: Mirzapur
State/Province: Uttar Pradesh
Country: India
Transport links
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Benares-Mirzapur Railway
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Mirzapur was the headquarters of Mirzapur District in the Benares Division of United Provinces during the British period. It is situated on the right bank of the Ganges and is about twenty miles west (upriver) from the famous fortress of Chunar. Mirzapur is located between the more major centres of Allahabad which is further west on the Ganges, and Benares which is east of Chunar. During the first half of the nineteenth century Mirzapur was the most important trading centre in Upper India but its importance declined with the coming of the railway.

Barkachha, (Barkacha) located about five miles south of Mirzapur, was the site of an Artillery camp c 1900. Barkacha had been exclusively an artillery camp for the annual practice of batteries and brigade divisions, a certain number of senior officers of the other arms being detailed to attend for instruction... There is no doubt that Barkacha is one of the finest artillery practice grounds in India. [1]

Spelling Variants

Modern name: Mirzapur
Variants: Mirzapore/Mirzapoor

External links

Mirzapur City Imperial Gazetteer of India

Historical books online

  • Mirzapore , page 81 The United Service Magazine,Part 3 1858 Google Books
  • Early sugar cultivation and the Honourable East India Company’s rum distillery at Mirzapur: Page 175 A Dictionary of the Economic Products of India by George Watt Volume VI, Part II Sabadilla to Silica 1893 Archive.org.
  • "The Mirzapore Distillery and the Company's Trade in Rum (1796-1808)" by Nikhil Sur, Calcutta Historical Journal, 4:1 (1979), 51-61. Publisher: University of Calcutta.