Wednesday, December 1, 2010

General view of Trimulgherry.

View of Trimulgherry, Secunderabad, in Andhra Pradesh, photograped by Deen Dayal in the 1880s, from the Curzon Collection: 'Views of HH the Nizam's Dominions, Hyderabad, Deccan, 1892'. Secunderabad is situated in Andhra Pradesh next to Hyderabad, its twin city. The town was founded after an alliance between Hyderabad’s Nizam Sikander Jah and the British East India Company in 1798 which made an area north of Hussain Sagar lake into a cantonment. Soon after the alliance was signed 5,000 British troops arrived and camped north of Hyderabad; the cantonment of Secunderabad was laid out in 1806 and named after the Nizam. Initially it encompassed an area of four square miles and had a population of 5,000 troops, plus several thousand civilians. However, 60 years later it had increased to 17 square miles and the population, including the armed forces, had grown to 50,000. Timulgherry is one of a group of artillery cantonment situated in the area of Secunderabad.