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 site therefore became the first Sikh Gurdwara in the UK.

The Temple became an extremely importance site for these very early Sikh immigrants. Living where there was work the Temple became an immediate and vital centre of social interaction as well as a place of spiritual reflection. Immigrants, Sikh and Hindu alike, used the address of 79 Sinclair road as their first mailing address and domicile as they entered Great Britain often from a gruelling 10 week journey by steamer from India or Africa. In doing so it provided shelter and stability. Many thousands Sikh immigrant to the UK who settled in London and the Midlands from the 1930s onward can trace their arrival to this site either directly or indirectly.
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