was built at Byculla for the benefit of the
children, who belonged to the Byculla Education
Society's School. Therefore the Church was built
on the plot of ground, adjoining the school
of the Bombay Education Society, to accommodate
a congregation of at least 300 persons. In the
year 1837 subscriptions were raised by several
European inhabitants of Bombay and others with
the concurrence and sanction of the government
for the purpose of building a church at Byculla,
The original subscribers selected from
among themselves persons, to act as trustees
of the church and to manage the temporal affairs
along with the Chaplin.
Thomas Church, the Christ Church does not posses
much Gothic characteristics.
Its architecture is more on the lines
of the Greek.
The Church was fortunate recipient of
Cowper’s unused Dorric columns.
The principle interest, however, lies
in the handsome monument separately built in
honour of Sir Robert Grant, the Governor of
Bombay, who died in 1839 at his favorite retreat
at Dapuri. The stained glass windows were set
up in 1870 in memory of Mr. Spensor Compton,
the eldest son of Sir Herbert, Chief Justice
of Bombay. Not many alterations were done in
the 20th century
| It has rich memorial plaques
- The Chambers of commerce had erected a
plaque in memory of the Rt. Honourable Sir
Robert Grant, the Governor of Bombay who died
on the 9th of July 1838 at Poona. Sir Robert
Grant was responsible for the establishment
of the chamber of commerce as well as into
its recognition as a public body. During his
tenure as the Governor from 1835 - 1838 Bombay
gained increased agricultural and commercial
- John Marshall Davis who died on November
29, 1853, was a Resident at the Court of
Gaikwad of Baroda. He was responsible for
the equitable assessment of revenues in the
Broach district and exerted to stop fraud
in the cotton trade.
- James Henry Standen, H.A. of Trinity College,
Cambridge was a barrister at law, Administrator
General and Registrar
of the 'Diocese of Bombay'. He died at Penang
on October 11, 1858
- John George Forbes, Auditor General of
the, Bombay Presidency, died on April 29;
1860. His wife Maria Leckie died on the l6th
July 1844. Their son Arthur Andrew died on
the wall Christ Church. Arthur Andrew was
a member of the Civil
Service of the Bombay Presidency and
was also an Assistant judge at Ahmednagar.
- The Bombay Education Society along with
its ex-students built a memorial
for Hay Fox who was the Matron of the
Bombay education Society for nearly 43 years.
She died on the l3th of December 1915. Ann
Mathilde a Matron for 39 years died on January
- Another plaque of importance is that of
lieut Col. Edward Hundy Wood who died
on November 29, 1840. The Lieut belonging
to the 1st regiment of the Bombay
European infantry was also Secretary
to the Bombay Government in the military and
- Lieut Col. James Keith of the 7th Regiment
and Deputy General of the Bombay
army, died at Soorkab on l9th October
1831, while serving with the Bombay
James Duncan was the Chaplain of Christ Church.
When he died on the 26th of June 1900 a plaque
was erected in his memory by
the members of his congregation as
a mark of love and respect.
- Also remembered is J. J. E. Cruickshank
who was a major with the Bombay
Engineers He died on the 24th of May
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