The Chattri, Brighton

The Chattri is a war memorial in the English city of Brighton and Hove. It is sited 500ft above the city on the South Downs above the suburb of Patcham, and is accessible only by bridleway. It stands on the site where a number of Indian soldiers who fought for the British Empire were cremated during the First World War. The structure has Grade II listed status, reflecting its architectural and historic importance.
India was part of the British Empire during the First World War, and more than 800,000 Indian soldiers fought for the Allied Powers. During the four years of fighting, thousands of wounded combatants were brought to Britain to be treated in makeshift military hospitals. Three were established in Brighton; one was the town's famous royal palace, the Royal Pavilion. King George V is said to have decreed that Indian soldiers were to be treated at the Pavilion, apparently believing that the flamboyant Indo-Saracenic building would provide familiar surroundings. In December 1914, 345 injured soldiers were transported to Brighton by train and were transferred to the hospitals. The King and Queen, Mayor of Brighton, Chief Constable of Brighton and other dignitaries visited frequently, and careful arrangements were made at the Royal Pavilion to provide for the different dietary and other cultural requirements of Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims.
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  • A decent walk to get there but the views over Brighton and down to the sea make it worth it. A spot to sit and reflect  more »
  • i saw this after exploring stanmer park and coming out at the dyke road exit, noticed this across the fields and thought to continue on and visit. beautiful location and fascinating history  more »
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  • Lovely & peaceful place to visit, however... ignore google & stop earlier ( just before you see the big red feeding box in the field)- go through the gate ,up the hill and around the trees! I ended up cutting across/ climbing fences & shredding legs!It’s very uphill to get there but the walk back is really nice.
  • A very important monument in the heart of the south downs. During the first world war the Hindus and Sikhs from india who died after fighting for Britain were cremated on the Downs and, in 1921, the Chattri memorial was constructed on this cremation site. This is a remarkable place a well worth the beautiful walk to visit. There is an aura around this place and it is very important to visit, to remember these brave men and what they did for this country. Highly recommended.
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