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Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Pycrofts Road - Triplicane / Royapet (Name Reason)

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Finally i got to know about the road where i am spending most of the time. Its the place where I was born. Lucky enough to be in the same place since my birth. It is one of the famous landmarks of Chennai, Especially Triplicane and Royapettah. This road is becoming the next ranganathan street at times of festivals. Yes it is, going to share about our very own Pycrofts Road which has been named after Sir Thomas Pycroft. Pycrofts Road has been renamed to  Bharathi Salai 


Sir Thomas Pycroft was a British administrator and civil servant who served as a member of the Madras Legislative Council from 1862 to 1867.

Thomas Pycroft was born in the parish of St John , Hampstead , Middlesex to barrister Thomas Pycroft and his wife Mary Pycroft on 4 December 1807. He was the elder brother of British writer James Pycroft . 

Pycrofts Road in 1890. Image Source :

He was schooled privately and at Bath Grammar School and graduated from Trinity College, Oxford in 1829. 

On completion of his education, he was offered a "writership" by the President of the Board of Control of the British East India Company .

Pycroft arrived in Madras in August 1829 and served, initially, as writer and then, in the revenue and judicial departments in South Arcot from 1829 to 1839 when he returned to the United Kingdom. 

In 1843, Pycroft came back to India after a three-year hiatus and was transferred to the Madras secretariat.

Pycroft was initially appointed Sub-Secretary and then, promoted to Secretary of the Revenue Department in 1845. The very same year, he was appointed acting Tamil translator to the Madras government. Pycroft became Chief Secretary in 1855 and served from 1855 till 1862, when he nominated to the Madras Legislative Council. 

Pycroft served as a member of the council for five terms from 1862 to 1867.

Pycroft died at Folkestone on 29 January 1892 at the age of 84.

In 1866, Pycroft was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Star of India . The street in which he lived was named Pycroft's Road in his honour.

Source : Wikipedia

Locate Yourself : Pycrofts Road - Triplicane / Royapet (Image Source : Google Maps)

Where was Sir Thomas Pycroft resided in Triplicane ?

I am yet to find the answer for this question. It has been told that He lived in a place near Amir Mahal - Ambika Lodge. But I am still searching for the authenticate source in this regard. If any one comes to know about it, please let me know.

Landmarks in and around Pycrofts Road :

  • Presidency College
  • National Book House and many other book stalls
  • Vijay Ice Creams
  • Marina Electronics
  • Murali Cafe hotel (Not now, It has been demolished and SBI has come in its place)
  • Aaradhana Hotel (A2B replaced its place now)
  • Kings / Queens / Kay
  • Gowri Jewellers
  • Vasantha Bhavan Hotel (Now this place has been occupied by Metro shoe mart)
  • Zambazaar Police Station
  • Amir Mahaal
  • Registrar Office and many more.


  1. :D naicee. Orray nostalgia. Also do Bells Road no?

  2. Yeah sure. Bells road also in the cards, Need to get the source data. Bells road is now renamed as Babu Jagjivan Ram Salai :)

  3. We used to haunt the places for second-hand books during our Post-graduation days. This post brought back wonderful memories.

    Joy always,

  4. Yeah Susan. Those shops are still there and still this place is a Higginbothams for us :) Even those books which was not found in Landmarks and Higginbothams were available in those road side book shops.

  5. As Susan said, Pycroft's road always reminds me of books !
    I need to check these road side shops sometime!

    Keep smiling,

  6. Its nice, i knew that it was named after him but didn't know this much

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