1940s... Does anyone remember Lady Herbert Hostel?

#1 Jan 13th, 2012, 01:16
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Do any older members remember a women's hostel somewhere near / in what was then Chowringhee called the Lady Mary Hoare Hostel or something similar...and have the address ? Trying to revisit places from my family history when I come to Kolkatta in March, but I imagine not a lot left now. Also are there any libraries there likely to have newspapers from that era?






Mod note: I have changed the title of this thread, now that Zahonado has found the correct name of the hostel
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#2 Jan 13th, 2012, 01:19
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I belong to this generation but regarding old newspapers I can suggest you to visit the National Library at Alipore, Kolkata (Calcutta)...
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Originally Posted by Zahonado View Post the Lady Mary Hoare Hostel or something similar...
I first thought someone might have been pulling your leg with a name like the Lady Mary Hoare Hostel

However, a swift web search suggests there has been one Lady Hoare and of that family, apparenly with some connections to Kolkata. Try and search on for that, and let us know what you find. (And use also Calcutta in your searches, as it will have been known in her time.) Minus Kolkata, there's some charitable trust of that name, no idea if related.

(A little further searching suggests she may have been known as Lady Maud Hoare.) --> Bingo, this doesn't tell you much, but leads on to some external links, as well as to an article with its further links on her husband, Sir Samuel Hoare, apparently at one point the British Secretary of State for India: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Maud_Hoare. So while all of this still doesn't tell you about any hostel, it would seem not unlikely that there may have been one of that name.
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Some web searches showed that a 19C Christian missionary, Miss Angelina Margaret Hoare, started a girls' school including a hostel. The school exists and is the St John's Diocesan School.

The Scottish Church College has a Lady Jane Dundas Hostel.

I did not see a Lady Mary Hoare Hostel.

Good Luck with the search.
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Thanks all. The hostel did exist during ww2 for women travelling through Calcutta....I have envelopes addressed there , but no actual address...sometimes only to Lady Hoare hostel. I did wonder about the connections to the people you have mentioned. ....will try and follow up when I go there.
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Hello Zahonado,

You might try searching this site (or even write to them):

http://www.calcutta1940s.org/101main.html

info@calcutta1940s.org

Good luck in your search.
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Hostel Wrong Name!!!

Sorry everyone! I got the name of the hostel completely wrong!!!! It must be age. Name is actually Lady Herbert Hostel. So there may be someone who does remember it after all!
Thanks for all the links..I have looked at the old Calcutta one ..doesn't mention it, sadly. But you never know...
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Sorry wrong name 1940s Kolkata hostel

The name of the hostel for women in Kolkata I am trying to find is Lady Herbert hostel, which functioned during ww 2 as a base for travelling women. Trying to find the address/ location for my visit , apologies for previous misinformation.
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Lady Herbert Hostel

My mother lived at the Lady Herbert Hostel in Calcutta in 1945. That is all the information I have.
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Hello John 198, welcome to Indiamike. I guess you landed up here after doing a search for Lady Herbert Hostel .

There are lots of members here who are interested in Calcutta history and old photos and stories so if you'd like to share anything else or ask questions that would be most welcome!
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Hi John Thanks for that...I wonder if you could delve a bit and see if you have any more ,eg address, district etc...you mother was there at the same time mine passed through , how strange!
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I have landed here after doing some research on the Lady Herbert Hostel. My mother stayed there twice, a few days in November 1944 and in Jan 1945 for two or three days. The cost was Rs 6/- a day. She called it the Lady Mary Herbert Women's club. I have this information and much more about her time in India, including a lot of detail about her time in the WAS(B)s from letters she wrote. I'd love to find a picture of the Lady Herbert
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Marcus, Welcome to IndiaMike. Many of us here are interested in old Kolkata or Calcutta. Perhaps you have photographs you could share, either here directly or via links.
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Hi Marcus, just found your Post while looking for info for our latest trip. I would be really interested to know if my mother is mentioned in any of your mothers letters ...between December 44 and August 45. During that time she was a WAS B briefly but only served in Dimapur I think. I published my parents letters from 1944 to 1947 as "Wanted on Voyage" Usually she stayed at the hostel when she was meeting my father for an assignation! Somewhere I have got the info about where it was...fairly near the Grand Hotel I think.

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