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Graves of Duleep Singh and Family

The grave of Maharaja Duleep Singh is located in the churchyard in the grounds of the Elveden Estate – this is open to public view. Also in the graveyard are the graves of Bamba Muller Duleep Singh (his first wife) … Continue reading »

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Imperial War Museum

The history of the two world wars are told by the Imperial War Museum. Here there are a number of displays showing the role of Indians in the two World Wars and even a Sikh Tank driver mannequin . On … Continue reading »

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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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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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Elveden Hall, Thetford

Maharaja Duleep Singh was bought to England in 1854. He lived his adult life on the Elvedon Hall Estate in Suffolk, where he lived the life of an English country squire. Continue reading »

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The National Army Museum

The main collection includes a few pieces of interest, a shamsher presented by Maharaja Ranjit Singh to General Hodson and a few medals. The reading rooms however contain the real treasure. Continue reading »

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The Wallace Collection

London’s finest private collection of arts and antiquities is located on Manchester square (behind Selfridges), the Wallace Collection probably has the best collection of Sikh arms and armour in the country on display. Included in Room 11 of this stunning collection are numerous Chakkars of both rustic and ornate design, Sikh Khanda’s of various ages and design from Lahore and Amritsar, a Sikh Khula Khud (helmet) with special reserve for a joora (top knot) and a breastplate that includes gurmukhi characters and an engraving of Guru Nanak. Continue reading »

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Oriental and India Office Collection at the British Library

Carefully preserved and fairly well catalogued the India Office Library contains the best English Language material on India. Sikh material includes photographs, military records and accounts, anthropological studies and numerous gazetteer entries. Continue reading »

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