The Second, and lost bridge, of Saidapet
The right answer to my old question (which, I realise now, could have been phrased better to avoid the ambiguity) is
There are two bridges on Mount Road, as it leaves the Teynampet/T.Nagar area and comes to Saidapet. The most famous and visibly seen, of course, is the Marmalong bridge built by Coja Petrus Uscano, and which bears the now not-so-visible and badly treated plaque.
The other bridge, and the one that concerns us in this post is the one that was built over a small canal (which subsequently became home to a hutment). A friend showed me this particular bridge and the memorial pillar that marks one end of it, a few years back. I’d since then tried finding out as much as possible. So, here’s what I know. But first, the photos.
The inscription reads:
“This bridge, erected as a public benefit from a legacy bestowed by Adrian Fourbeck, a merchant of Madras, is a monument useful as lasting of the good citizen’s munificent liberality. It was erected by his executors T. Peling deFries and P. Bodkin from the plan and under the direction of Liet. Col. Pat Ross, chief engineer in the year of our lord…”
So, when I found this ages back, I was intrigued and started hunting. And that’s how I landed upon this book.
Madras Tercenternary Celebration Committee Commemoration Volume, which has a little peripheral information about Pat Ross and the bridge.
In short: the city expanded. The great choultry plain which became Mount Road began acquiring garden houses by the dozen, and the villages of Mambalam was purchased. Now, there was a big lake/tank called “Long Tank” that stretched all the way from Nungambakkam to present day Saidapet, parallel-ing Mount Road. An overflow from the tank cut across Mount Road, and it was over this that the bridge of Adrian Fourbeck was built.
This is all I could find. It’s whetted my appetite. If you’d like to see this little memorial pillar, it’s to your left as you come towards Nandanam, from Guindy. Just before the DSC Hyundai showroom, on Mount Road.