Feb 6, 2009

Eden Gardens, Calcutta - 1875

Photograph by W. G. Stretton taken in the 1870s, part of the Dunlop Smith Collection: Sir Charles Aitchison Album of Views in India and Burma. Eden Gardens, situated at the northern end of the Maidan, in Calcutta, was named after Emily and Fanny Eden, the sisters of Lord Auckland, Governor-General from 1836-1842. The sisters tended the garden (laid out in 1834) when it formed part of the Viceroy's estate and later it became a famous public garden, which now contains the Calcutta Cricket Club. Part of the garden forms the Ranji Stadium where the first cricket match was played in 1864; today Eden Gardens is renowned as a hallowed cricket site where Test matches draw crowds of 100,000. Eden Gardens also contains a Pagoda, brought from Prome in Burma and erected in 1856, by Lord Dalhousie, then the Governor-General.