Meerut is a city in the state of Uttar Pradesh, northern India, located 70km northeast of New Delhi. It came under Mughal rule in the sixteenth century and saw Sikh and Maratha invasions in the eighteenth century. In 1803, the Marathas ceded the territory to the British, and the cantonment of Meerut was set up in 1806. The city is famous for being the starting point of the 1857 rebellion against British rule. In 1946, the city hosted the last session of the Indian National Congress, before the Indian independence in 1947.


Latitude: 28.996298449159
Longitude: 77.706127166748

Timeline of Events Associated with Meerut

Date Event Manage
10 May 1857 to 20 Jun 1858

Indian Uprising

print of the hanging of two rebelsThe Indian Rebellion or Uprising, also known as the Sepoy Mutiny, began as a mutiny of sepoys of the British East India Company's army on 10 May 1857, in the town of Meerut, and soon escalated into other mutinies and civilian rebellions. It was not contained until the fall of Gwalior on 20 June 1858. Image: Felice Beato, Print of the hanging of two rebels, 1858 (albumen silver print). This image is in the public domain in the United States because its copyright has expired.


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22 Aug 1857

The Illustrated London News story on Meerut revolt

Artillery, Meerut in ILNOn 22 August 1857, The Illustrated London News published a story on the Meerut revolt, with engravings after drawings made on location. Image: “Defensive Operations at the Artillery Laboratory, Meerut.—Sketched from the Sappers and Miners’ Head-quarters,” The Illustrated London News 875 (22 August 1857): 192. Courtesy of Toronto Reference Library.

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