Orgin of Bombay Street

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BOMBAY
A WALK THROUGH HISTORY

STREETS AND PLACES

As a child I often wondered how and why streets and places in the city were so named When I grew up I was mystified by names such as Dadar and Parel and when I started work in Ballard Estate I never got to know really who Ballard was What did Hornby Vellard mean and how did Cotton Green or even Churchgate get their names The new rulers of the city had ensured that all things related British were unceremoniously written off in favor of local names Magnificent statues of the builders of the city which dotted the urban scape and gave it character were moved away to unknown locations For a long time, there was even less care for the heritage left behind So in retirement, with time on my hands, I began the quest for the answers I got bits and pieces from various writings till I finally zoomed onto a book by a gentleman called Samuel Townsend Sheppard who had painstakingly researched and penned what I was looking for; all back in 1911 Google has it as a read only; manually copied text generously laden with mistakes on almost every line Using this as source and others on the web on people and places, I was able to collate snippets of very interesting information which I thought I should share What I have put together is therefore a collation of material with some editing I have pasted pictures from the web appropriate to the time Its not clear to me if any of the pictures are copyrighted I have avoided those which say they are I have no desire to use it for commercial purpose This is only for private enjoyment with friends I have tried to retain the flavor of the times this was written in and made comments in italics to provide the current status where needed I do hope you will enjoy this as much as I have

Ashwin Panemangalore Pune, October 15th 2012

1.Abdul Rehman Street Named after a coastal merchant who owned most of this area from near Crawford Market till Pydhoni This area was later bought by Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy This street has several sections, Batlivala Street..Batlivala being the surname of Sir JJ.. Machhi Bazaar, there being one in the locality up till the late 1890, Bangri bazaar, there being shops of bangle dealers and Rangari Mohola, street of dyers

2.Agripada Names as Nagpada and Agripada are of South Indian origin, fada or padu being the Kannada word for a hamlet The district later developed by the Improvement Trust, was once to have been occupied by Agris or cultivators There were three sub-divisions or classes of Agris in Bombay, viz., Bhat Agris or rice cultivators, Mitta Agris or salt manufacturers and Bhaji-pala Agris or vegetable cultivators

3.Albert Road ( in Chinchpokli ) Named after the Albert Sassoon Mills ( since defunct) situated on the Road. Sir Albert Abdullah David Sassoon, Bart. (1818-1896), son of David Sassoon, State Treasurer of Baghdad born there and was educated in India, his father having moved to Bombay, where he established a banking and mercantile house He was head of the firm in 1864 His business acumen made him the richest man in Bombay at that time He made many handsome donations to Bombay, including the Sassoon Wet Dock at Colaba,the Elphinstone High Schoolthe Sassoon Hospital in Poona,the Synagogue in Poona and many other institutions He was made Baronet in 1890 4.Alexandra Road near Gamdevi Named after the Alexandra laurels which grew there similar to Laburnum Road

5.Altamount Road Named after Col Altamount who was in the service of the Nawab of Lucknow..”a man with very black hair and whiskers dyed with the purple of tyre, a sad rascal” He had a bungalow on this road 6.Antop Hill Perhaps named after the owner who lived there Could have been Portuguese Anton or a local Antoba… undetermined 7.Apollo Street and Bunder Corruption from Polo or Pallo which is referred to in the 1700s or Palva ( large war vessel ) which one guide states

8.Ardesir Dady Street ( Girgaum) “Named after a rich Parsi gentleman Mr....
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