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Formerly known as Bellasis Road Station  Renamed to Bombay Central Station circa 1930 (Presently known as Mumbai Central Station)  The Colaba-Ballard Pier Railway Station proved insufficient in meeting the demands of a growing population which led the government to make plans for the construction of Bombay Central. The present suburban route that once ran till Colaba was earlier served by Bellasis Road station. It was renamed Bombay Central after the construction of the long distance Bombay Central Terminus (BCT) on the eastern side. From 1st Feburary 2018, Station code has been renamed from BCT to MMCT.  When the station opened in 1930, The Times of India suggested that the name Bombay Central was inspired by the Grand Central Terminal in New York City. The paper argued that the station should have been called Kamathipura, after the area it was located in. The paper suggested that the name Kamathipura was probably ruled out, because the area is a red light district.  #bombaycentral #history #exploring #vernonsventures
A room with the view of the mill! 🏭 #mukeshtextilemills #bombay #exploring #vernonsventures
Near the underbelly of the towering mill 🏭  This was the first textile mill built by the British in India in the 1870’s. It is also the only mill in south Mumbai, and the only one by the sea. The large private dock is where boats came to unload bales of cotton and load yards finished cloth. These were ferried to the larger ships that were in outer anchorage in the Arabian Sea. I see not just the structures, but the Mill with life the way it was in full production, even before it came into our possession from 1975. The hundreds of men and women going about their daily chores, the clacking of bobbins in their looms, smoke billowing out of the tall chimney stack, sea-gulls gliding aimlessly above… And then all fell silent one day, in its unfortunate destruction in 1982.  This mill was closed on 18th January 1982 while a year-long textile mill strike. The owners of the mill had applied for an official closure of the mills but it was denied by the government. A few months later an unexpected fire broke out in the mills and it was permanently closed.  #abandonedplaces #exploring #bombay #vernonsventures
A room with a view of the sea! 🌊 #mukeshtextilemills #abandonedplaces #bombay #vernonsventures
Abandoned corridors in the  forgotten mill🏭 #abandonedplaces #bombay #mukeshtextilemills #exploring
Rusted & charred in time⌚ #mukeshtextilemills #vernonsventures #exploring #bombay
Muljibhai Madhvani, the Owner of East African Hardware Ltd., had established a large factory in Bombay. It was known as Mukesh Textile Mills. It was built in the 1870’s. It was the only mill in South Bombay at that time.  #vernonsventures #abandonedplaces #bombay #exploring #mills
Mukesh Textile Mills,  the infamous mills that shut down due to a mysterious fire that is still unexplained to this very day!🔥👻🚫 Still awestruck I got permission to visit this abandoned place! 👀 Although the photos might not.. 😃😂 #vernonsventures #mills #bombay #exploring
A bird's-eye view of our beloved Bandra station! ❤  #vernonsventures #stations #exploring #bombay
Purchased this lovely @knottsberryfarm cloth bag from the exhibition last evening! I really love it and it's a brilliant piece of artwork of Ghost Town! 🔫  P.S. sorry for the late post was supposed to post something green yesterday and not today but anyways better late than never! 😊😃 #knottsberryfarm #saynotoplastic #plasticban #bombay #day3 #shutterbugsundays
📌 Every adventure requires a first step! 🐾  I tried experimenting clicking photos across different terrains on the island. I wanted to convey the thought that every step has a story to tell! 📖  This is my second post in the series of #shutterbugsundays and I hope you guys like it 🌴
Welcome to #shutterbugsundays! 📷 although I know it's a Monday, I really was tooo excited to start this project which @abhishree_kulkarni & @reuben_1996 are already currently begun with so go check them out too! ✔  This photo was clicked at Mandwa Jetty in Alibaug where I came across this wonderful sunset while I about to leave and knew I had to capture the beautiful rays of sunshine bursting through these candy floss clouds! ⛅🌞 If you like to join in this project yourself feel free to do so! ❤ Happy Captures 😊  P.S. Thank you guys for introducing this to me! ❤ @abhishree_kulkarni & @reuben_1996 much love 😊  #vernonsventures #day1 #clouds
This is India United Mills No. 1 -  The mills of Girangaon were once integral to Mumbai's economy, particularly during the British colonial period, when Mumbai (then known as Bombay) was often referred to as the "Manchester of the East". However, with the development of newer industries in and around Mumbai, these mills ceased to be profitable, and fell into a state of disrepair.  The story of how Mumbai became India’s financial capital has deep roots in the city’s rich industrial history. Mumbai was once an industrial hub and what made it so was a boom in its textile industry in the mid 19th century. The textile industry was one of the country’s first modern industries and a catalyst for growth in many parts of the country.  Mumbai is said to have had about 130 mills, which were very central to its economy by the 20th century. The remnants of these mills – some of them redeveloped into new buildings, some of them in ruins and covered with moss – are the only remaining traces of its mill culture and history.  These 100 or so cotton mills came and went in the span of just a little more than a century, with Cowasji Nanabhai Davar setting up its first mill, called the Bombay Spinning Mill, in 1854.  The Great Bombay textile strike took place in 1982, following the shutdown of most of the city’s mills. While the reasons for decline of the mills are many, from the emergence of new and more profitable industries to a series of protests by workers demanding better wages, mill culture was wiped out of the city by the end of the 20th century. Over the past three decades, a majority of these mill lands have been acquired and redeveloped
➡ VI MILES FROM ST. THOMAS'S CHURCH ⬅  Today marks the day I discovered my first milestone! I certainly feel ecstatic at this moment! 🎉 #bombaywalla #milestones #oldbombay
The idea for the Cathedral of St. Thomas, named after the first apostle of India who came from Malabar, was initiated by Governor Aungier in 1676 AD. However, after his death, the project was abandoned. The construction for the church was already underway and the construction stood halfway at 5 meters high for around half a century. In 1710, the East India Company Chaplain adopted this unfinished task and decided to make a magnificent Anglican structure in the honor of St. Thomas. After the completion of this grand edifice, this church was finally opened as the first Anglican Church in Mumbai on the day of Christmas in 1718 AD. In the 18th and 19th century, the Cathedral was divided on the basis of different classes of society. There was even a separate room for 'Inferior Women'. St. Thomas' Cathedral was built to Neo-Classical and Neo-Gothic styles with a white façade. The interiors of this cathedral mirror the interiors of the St. Thomas Cathedral in Ireland, and look much the same today as they did when it was first built in the 18th century. The interiors are delicately lined with Plaster Of Paris, polished brass, stained glass, arched windows and memorials dedicated to the late British parishioners. The roof was made 'cannon-ball-proof', though many parts of the roof have disintegrated and have been replaced with cemented slabs.  #history #bombay #fort #stthomas #churchesinbombay #vernonsventures
The Watson's Esplanade Hotel at Bombay was opened on 4th February 1871.  This building was designed in London for John Watson of Gelt Hall by Messrs Ordish and Le Febre. The materials for this were wholly English; the iron frame from Derby, the bricks and cement from the bank of the Thames, the tiles from Staffordshire, and finally the red stone plinth and column bases from Penrith.  So what’s so special about the building ?  Its design is unique because of its prefabricated and blatantly outward facing iron skeleton and its accompanying brick non load bearing insertions. It eschewed a traditional style for a direct expression of structure. For this reason, it can even be said to take its rightful place in the story of the evolution of the skyscraper. And it was unquestionably the first multi-storey habitable building in the world in which all loads, including those of the brick curtain walls, are carried on an iron frame. Like the Crystal Palace of 1851, it’s a landmark in the development of this type of design construction. Prior to similar buildings being constructed in Chicago in the 1880s, all other fully framed multi-storey buildings were built to serve the needs of exhibitions, industry or storage. Watson’s was built for habitation, and as such provided for bathing and ventilation, as well as internal transportation, including reputably housing India’s first power operated elevator.
In view of the acquisition of the Gloria Church building at Mazagaon, land for a new church was secured at Byculla and plans for a massive and magnificent church were drawn by Messrs. A. L. Colaco & Co.  The foundation stone for the new Gloria Church at Byculla was laid on the 29th January 1911 by His Excellency Dom Matheus d’Oliveria Xavier, Archbishop of Goa and Patriarch of the East Indies.  The new church building was completed by the end of 1912 and blessed in 1913.Though the church was under the ‘Padroado Jurisdiction’ it was not rebuilt in the style of its predecessor which had features of a typical ‘Portugese Church’. Instead it was built in the English Gothic style.  The Church is built in the form of a Latin cross. The facade is comprised of an imposing and impressive whose turrets are 160 feet high. The church is 205 feet long and 65 feet broad.The reredos of the five altars of the church are carved in stone in Gothic style. The windows of the church have Gothic tracery carved in stone and each of the transepts has a rose window which is eighteen feet in diameter. The ceiling of the Church has pointed arches that are typical of the Gothic style.  Taken as a whole, the church is a landmark and one of the magnificent sights of the city.  #gloriachurch #byculla #history #vernonsventures
Rose Nesbit was born into the Catchick family who were Armenians, in 1744, in Ispahan in Iran. It was then under Nadir Shah, plunderer of Delhi and the Peacock Throne. Early in her life, the family migrated to Bombay, then under the East India Company.  Rose’s parents prospered. Mazagaon was then a separate island, and much of Rose’s property here was inherited from them. In 19th century maps of Mazagaon, there is a Rose Cottage Lane. It appears to be the present lane by the side of Helal Building, leading into Matharpakadi. This is where Rose Nesbit lived. The St. Anne’s/St. Mary’s campus was her farmland. She built here the first St. Anne’s Church in 1787. Burhani College and the adjoining building, was where D’Lima House once stood, on land and property that belonged to Rose. So too is Prasanna.  Rose married Commodore Andrew Nesbit, an Englishman, and had three children. Andrew was responsible for the defence of Bombay, as well as the protection of trading vessels. They had houses and property around Dalal Street in the Fort too, near Andrew’s place of work.  Rose passed away in 1819, many years after Andrew, who died in 1791. Her remains, removed from the grave in her Church, are said to have been interred at the foot of one of the two side altars of the present Church. In the sixties, after the Second Vatican Council, which decreed that the celebrant face the congregation, the sanctuary and altar areas were re-done, as also the flooring of the whole Church.  Her faded slab stone over her remains, was not preserved. Hence, no memorial of this most munificent lady remains, either in a street name, or even her grave!  The foundation stone is the only remaining original piece of her chapel, and can be found in the sacristy of the current St. Anne’s Church, it says “This church was built by Rose Nesbit in honour of St. Anne 1787.  #rosenesbit #stannes #mazagon #vernonsventures