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Wazir Khan Mosque

A walk through the old city of Lahore in Pakistan has a number of fantastic and memorable historical sites.  The Wazir Khan Mosque is one of these. Described as a ‘mole on the cheek of Lahore’, the mosque was built … Continue reading »

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The ancient ruins of Taxila

The ancient ruins of Taxila are situated approximately 32 km northwest of Rawalpindi in West Punjab, Pakistan, just off the Grand Trunk Road.  The prosperous city, due to its position at the junction of three great trade routes: the royal … Continue reading »

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Shalimar Gardens

The magnificent and famous Shalamar Gardens are located 8 kms to the north-east of Lahore in Pakistan on the Grand Trunk Road. Commissioned by the Emperor Shah Jahan in 1637, the gardens are known for their grandeur and exquisite landscaping. … Continue reading »

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Baba Atal Burj

Baba Atal Tower, situated approximately 185 metres due south of the Golden Temple in Amritsar, is a nine-storeyed octagonal tower built to commemorate Baba Atal Rai, the son of the sixth Sikh Guru, Hargobind. Gurdwara Baba Atal was built between … Continue reading »

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Akal Takht

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Duleep Singh’s London Residence 53 Holland Park

A fine stucco house in a fashionable corner of Kensington in West London. It was used by Maharajah Duleep Singh as a London base. He used this base during the most tumultuous days of his relationship with the British Government. Continue reading »

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Caxton Hall – Udham Singh

A site associated closely with Uddham Singh –revolutionary freedom fighter and assassin. On 13 March 1940 the East India Association was to host a lecture on the Afghan crisis at Caxton Hall, Westminster. Attendees included Lord Zetland, Secretary of State for India, and Sir Michael O’Dwyer – a name that would have been immediately reviled by Udham Singh. Continue reading »

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Britain’s first Sikh Gurdwara – 79 Sinclair Road

This site is a Georgian terrace in Shepherds Bush. Its relevance begins with its acquisition by Maharajah Bhupinder Singh of Patiala. It became a site of importance when the Maharajah donated the site to the embryonic Sikh community. This site therefore became the first Sikh Gurdwara in the UK. Continue reading »

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Statue of Maharaja Duleep Singh

The life-size bronze statue shows the ruler on a horse. It is on Butten Island in Thetford, Norfolk, near the Elveden Estate where the maharajah spent his years in exile. The statue was funded by the Maharajah Duleep Singh Centenary Memorial Trust. It is the culmination of six years’ campaigning to have the maharajah commemorated. Continue reading »

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Bust to Lord Lawrence of the Punjab Westminister Abbey

Bust of Lawrence by Thomas Woolner. During the First Sikh War of 1845 to 1846, Lawrence organized the supplying of the British army in the Punjab and became Commissioner of the Jullundur district, serving under his brother, the Governor of the province. In that role he was known for his administrative reforms, for subduing the hill tribes, and for his attempts to end the custom of suttee. Continue reading »

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Sikh battle standards at Lichfield Cathedral

The Sutlej memorial commemorating the fallen soldiers from the Staffordshire 80th Regiment of Foot, from the Sutlej Campaign, later known as the 1st Sikh War.
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Chillianwala Memorial

Memorial to the British fallen at the Battle of Chillianwala, Second Anglo Sikh Wars at the Royal Hospital Chelsea Continue reading »

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Britain’s first Gurdwara 79 Sinclair Road

  This site is a Georgian terrace in Shepherds Bush. Its relevance begins with its acquisition by Maharajah Bhupinder Singh of Patiala. It became a site of importance when the Maharajah donated the site to the embryonic Sikh community. This … Continue reading »

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Blo’ Norton Hall

Blo’ Norton Hall is a part-moated house dating from the sixteenth century, but probably on the site of an earlier house. The Hall and the small estate have not been bought or sold since it was constructed, but inherited by various families. One of its more distinguished tenants was Prince Frederick Duleep Singh, who lived in the Hall from 1906 until his death in 1926. Continue reading »

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Ancient House Museum

This museum contains items relating to Duleep Singh residence in Elveden Hall. The museum itself was donated to the town by his son Prince Frederick Duleep Singh, and to that end contains parts of his collection of British Oil paintings and artefacts relating to his life in the area Continue reading »

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