Jamalpur's St. Mary's church, Bihar founded for the then railway workers -

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Above image: St. Mary's church and tower in Jamalpur, Bihar in Munger district of Bihar. The picture was taken by an unknown photographer, c. 1897 from the Elgin collection ................... 

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Above image: St. Mary's church and tower in Jamalpur, Bihar. View from the nave, looking towards the choir and altar within St. Mary's Church, Jamalpur taken by an unknown photographer, c. 1897 from the Elgin Collection: 'Presented to His Excellency the Earl of Elgin & Kincardine. ................................

St. Mary's church is a colonial place of worship that came up in  Jamalpur  in 1862  with a view to meeting the spiritual needs of the British and others   who worked in the  near-by Railway workshop. It  was set up by the Eastern Railway company, a private enterprise,   in February 1862. It was a full-fledged workshop to repair and salvage locomotives from damaged  ones. Located close to the workshop, it is a brick-lime mortar masonry building built in Gothic style. They chose this location because near-by there were communities that had a large number of gunsmiths and skilled mechanics. So there was no shortage of skilled people in this area. 

8th Earl James Bruce. ist Viceroy of India alamy.com 

Jamalpur railway work shop, 1862.im-bihar.in

When  His Excellency the Earl of Elgin & Kincardine  (James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin and 12th Earl of Kincardine; he became viceroy in 1862, the first viceroy directly appointed by the Crown, and as subject to the Secretary of State for India)  made a visit to the East Indian Railway workshops at Jamalpur  on November 30th 1897', the above posted church's photo was presented to him  as a Memento.


'The congregation  and members of this old church were  employees of the  railway company.  The workshop here is still the largest and oldest in India and  Jamalpur was the first of the major railway towns in India, built and administered by the East India Railway Company. The place developed into an established town after the workshop was  founded here  and  mostly  populated by  railway workers.