A full-scale replica of a Highgate mansion house has been created in Gujarat, India.
The original Victorian-style dwelling (see image) can be found at 65 Cromwell Avenue, Highgate. The building was a key meeting place for those pushing for Indian independence in the early 20th Century. It was formerly known as India House, and carries a plaque to Indian patriot Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (commonly known as SK Varma), whose home this was from 1906 to 1909. Gandhi popped round for a cuppa in 1906.
The house has now been recreated in Mandvi-Kutch, the birthplace of SK Varma. A Photo shows the cloned property complete with garden wall and driveway, but lacking the dense foliage and trees of the original. A creatively translated local report suggests the 52 acre memorial contains a children’s play area, fountains and statues, as well as the facsimile house.
Image and story tip from the fabulous London Remembers site.