Mayo Memorial Hall, Allahabad, a legacy of the British in UP

Mayo Memorial Hall, Allahabad - Government of Uttar Pradesh

Located near the fascinating colonial building  Thornhill and Mayne Memorial in the city of Allahabad, UP,  the Mayo Memorial Hall is a  beautiful colonial building - a sort of Public Hall meant for public meetings, balls and receptions. It has a characteristic 180-ft high tower that is quite visible all around the site. Designed by the famous architect R. Roskell Bayne, it was built in 1879 and named after Viceroy Lord Mayo (Richard Southwell Bourke, 6th Earl of Mayo KP GCSI PC ; 21 February 1822 – 8 February 1872), who was assassinated on  8 February, 1872. 

This murder of the highest public servant of British India   happened on his visit to the British India convict settlement at Port Blair, in the Andaman Islands, in the Bay of Bengal  for inspection of prisons. Unexpectedly, he was knifed by one Sher Ali Afridi, an Afridi Pathan. He was buried in a Church graveyard in Johnstown, County Kildare, near his home at Palmerstown House, Ireland. This incident angered the British administration and they beefed up the security of certain controversial high officials of the Raj. 

The decorations in the interior of the Memorial Hall were based on designs by Professor Gamble, of the South Kensington Museum, London.