Christian Cemetery – Narinda, Dhaka

This 16th century christian cemetery, currently under the jurisdiction of St. Mary’s Cathedral, contains graves mostly of indigo farmers, their family members and British soldiers. I found the grave of Major General Hamilton Wetch of the Bengal Army, who died on the 11th June 1856, but although some English soldiers who died at Lalbagh Fort during the Sepoy Mutiny are buried here, I unfortunately failed to locate them.

Old graves stones at the Christian Cemetery

Old graves stones at the Christian Cemetery

I was impressed by the size of the cemetery.  With land being built upon everywhere you turn, it was surprising to find a tranquil and quiet spot in amongst it all.  Time slowed down as I meandered around the headstones to better appreciate the previous ex-pat community who had habitated ‘Dacca’ as it was then known.

An old East India Company tomb

An old East India Company tomb

Some old East India Company tombs had crumbled but there were still others, magnificent, standing proud, entwined with foliage and offering a refuge for wildlife.  

Entwined and claimed by the crows, but still magnificent

Entwined and claimed by the crows, but still magnificent

I was honored by being granted access to visit this very special place, having asked my colleague Bishwajit, who accompanied me, to negotiate our entry into such a private and historic part of Dhaka city.

The 16th century christian cemetery in Wari, Dhaka

The 16th century christian cemetery in Wari, Dhaka

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