The road from the old imperial capital of Kolkata (Calcutta) up to the site of the battlefield at Plassey is not for the faint hearted. An arterial route running alongside the Hoogli river it passes close to the historic town of Barrackpore and winds its' way up through countless towns and villages before reaching a recently installed memorial arch which 'announces' that Plassey has been reached. We chose Indian National Day to travel, not the wisest move - but something that did enrich the journey somewhat as everyone seemed to be dressed in their very best finery - a riot of colour.
|On the Road to Plassey|
Robert Clive (Clive of India) famously made his reputation at Plassey and on the way up we swung by the decaying ruins of his once great house, in the suburb of Dum Dum (near the ammunition factory), Kolkata. Sadly the place is in a dreadful state, unstable and gradually collapsing. There is talk of a preservation effort, but even securing the site would be difficult given that there are a number temporary looking dwellings within the perimeter of the building. Those who live there would need to be rehoused and compensated.
|Clive's House, Kolkata|
|British Statues in the grounds of Flagstaff House|
|The Plassey Monument - Erected 1857|
|The Nawab's Memorial - Erected 1973|