Fort William Quick Facts

PlaceKolkata, West Bengal (India)
Built in1781 AD (current form)
Built byBritish East India Company
Architectural styleEuropean style

Fort William Overview

One of the most beautiful states of India, West Bengal is located in the eastern part of India. This state is known all over the world for its historical heritage, amazing monuments and its special kind of culture. The Fort William Fort, built on the banks of the Hooghly River, located in Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, has been in existence for the last 237 years in India.

Fort William History

The Fort was built in the year 1781 according to the order of "Sir John Goldsborough" of the British East India Company. Its construction was started near the south-east citadel near the banks of the Hooghly River according to the plans of Sir Charles Eyre. Sir Charles Eyre's successor, John Beard, added the fort to the north-east of this fort in the year 1701.

After the Battle of Plassey, Robert Clive started repairing any damage done to this fort, which he had completed and completed by the year 1781 and fort is being used by the Indian Army as its cantonment since independence.

Fort William Interesting Facts

  1. The historical form of this fort was built by the British East India Company between 1696 AD to 1715 AD, this fort was named after King William III of England.
  2. The Fort was built on the banks of the Hooghly River in Calcutta, the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal.
  3. The Fort had suffered many wars in history, but during the Battle of Plassey on 23 June 1757, it was badly damaged by Siraj-ud-Daulah, the Nawab of Bengal, which was later repaired by an officer of the East India Company.
  4. The present form of this historic fort was built by Robert Clive, an officer of the British East India Company, between 1758 AD and 1781 AD.
  5. According to that time, about two lakh pounds were spent in rebuilding this fort between the year 1758 AD to 1781 AD.
  6. This fort covers an area of about 70.9 hectares of Calcutta, which is about 3 km in north-south direction. and its width is about 1 km. Is.
  7. The use of this fort for government work started from the year 1766 itself, which included things like government school, government hospital, government bank etc. for English people.
  8. This fort is 5 km. Spread in a square that appears to be in the shape of an irregular octagon which also gives it a star-like shape, brick and lime were used in its construction.
  9. This fort is octagonal in shape, with 5 out of 8 parts facing the land and the remaining 3 parts facing the banks of the Hooghly river.
  10. There are mainly 6 entrances in this fort, namely - Chowringhee, Plassey, Calcutta, Jal Gate, St. Georges and Treasury Gate.
  11. Along with tourism, this fort also provides sports facilities to the people, at present 9 golf courses are available in this fort.

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