Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Chennai Trivia - 6

My house is on Cenotaph Road. Why is the road named so? (No, Mr. Cenotaph didn't live there)

Ans: There was a memorial for Lord Cornwallis situated at the junction of Mount Road and Cenotaph Road. Cenotaph: A monument erected in honor of a dead person whose remains lie elsewhere.

Pic Courtesy British Library UK

This statue is 14.5 ft tall and is presently at the Fort Museum. The base of the statue was painted with the scene of Tippu Sultan's sons being handed over as hostages to the British. Further details from Mr. Muthiah here

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is it something to do with a "Thoppu"...as in a farm.
Remember reading abt it somewhere...cant recollect fully...If this might be hint for others to come up with the answer, wud be glad to know it....

Swapna

Chenthil said...

No that is a wrong hint Swapna, it doesn't have to do anything with Thoppu

Santhosh Guru said...

Is there any war memorial or any big shots buried near that road ?? - Just a blind guess.

Chenthil said...

Santosh, you are on the right track. There was a memorial to a famous guy at the Mount Road - Cenotaph Road Junction. Who is it?

Santhosh Guru said...

Chenthil, I googled now and found the answer. Let someone else guess, I better shut up :)).

Prash said...

Cornwallis??

Stumbled upon your blog, I am a chennaiwasi exiled at Pune, pining for Sambar Vadai's and Filter coffee from the Sangeetha's at Nugambakkam

http://www.isquareit.ac.in/faculty/prashanth

Sorry html blooper meant I had to remove my previous comment..

Chenthil said...

I give it to Santosh and Prashanth. The Mount Road - Cenotaph Road junction had a memorial of Lord Cornwallis. The statue is at present in The Fort Museum.

Santohsh I assume you googled right :-)

anil said...

Guess you'll pardon my ignorance about Chennai, but your Qn shd be.. "My house is ON Cenotaph Road" and not "in". Hehe!

Ravages said...

I was hoping one of you folks would talk about the cuppola and its moving to the customs house. Of Tipu Sultan and his capture. Of Hyde Park. Pity. No one did

rajesh said...

The trivia series is too good mate. First time here. Missing the fun you guys had at the CBM :)

And, I am blogrolling you. Cheers

Chenthil said...

Anil, point noted.

CCG, will provide link in the answers.

Rajesh, thanks

Ramnath said...

I found Swapna's answer imaginative. Chinna Thoppu becoming Cenatoph...

See, what happened to some Indian names (Trichy, Tanjore) and English ones too(Ambattan Bridge)

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