It is one of the oldest compounds in Lucknow and carries a lot of history with it. The British Residency was built for British residents in India before the mutiny of 1857. It was constructed by Nawab Saadat Ali Khan II but was destroyed during the siege of 1857 which saw the place being destroyed by canons.
When I entered the place, I could feel what it had gone through. Some parts were absolutely ruined, and I could clearly see marks of canons and muskets. State government has tried to restore the place and has maintained the gardens inside its premises but, the buildings seem to be beyond repair, and there is no possibility that they can be fully restored without damaging them completely.
It is said that around 2,000 Indian and British soldiers died at the residency during the time of mutiny. You could feel the war going on and recreate the scenes of the battle in your mind as this place is surely going to take you back in time exactly like I was forced to imagine what all would have happened here. The thought gave me chills and I realized what kind of sacrifice we have given to free our nation.
Sadly, photography was not allowed at the place that really dampened my spirits as I was fond of clicking photographs. The residency also has an epitaph built in the memory of Sir Henry Lawrence, who died while he was trying to defend Lucknow from Indians. The in-house cemetery has graves of at least 2,000 men and women who died during the revolt.
The thing that irked me the most or which irks me the most at every historical site is the signs of love birds. People have engraved their name on almost every wall of this historical complex that is not a very good practice as it somewhat dissolves the value of the place. You should always refrain from such activities as sometime when authorities are trying to restore a building, they permanently destroy it while trying to rub off hearts and names and drawings of Cupid.