Tuesday, 22 November 2016

“THIS BRIDGE” – A BRITISH PERIOD MONUMENT AT SAIDAPET, CHENNAI A HERITAGE WALK

19th November 2016
This protected monument inscription starts with “This Bridge” is between Saidapet and Nandanam  separately fenced in the PWD vehicles repair shop. This was originally  built with obelisk, which is missing now. This was built on the surplus water channel  from a large tank, which once  existed along the western edge of Mount Road, starting at Saidapet and curving along the Nungambakkam High Road. The water in the channel flows between the present Tod Hunter Nagar and Pern Pet.  This memorial pillar is under the control of Archaeological Survey of India ( ASI) as protected monument.

This monument was erected in the year 1786 CE, by a  merchant called  Adrin Fourbeck ( 1712 to 1783 CE ).  As per his  will, Chief Engineer of Madras ( Government ) Let. Col.  Patrik Ross built this bridge for the benefit of the general public under the guidance of his secretaries Thomas  Pelling, John de Fries and Peter  Bodin.  The four sides of the pillar has the same message inscribed in Tamil, English, Latin and Persian.

For further reading, a post by Mr Venkatesh, writer and the Historian on the face book click here.

LOCATION: CLICK HERE  





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2 comments:

  1. Very good posting. The details are available in J J Cotton's book on cemetaries of Madras. The memorial for him is in RC Church in Armenian Street

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    1. Thanks sir, can you please give me abstract of this alone . Or please tell me the way to get the book
      Thanks and regards

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