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Jan 2018

Tue 09 Jan 201
Boyd Harris - People & Mountains of North East Nepal
and 18th century border invasions

The first meeting of 2018 for Chorley Historical and Archaeological Society was also the first meeting at our new venue of Chorley Trinity Church Hall, Gillibrand Walks off Devonshire Road. Our previous excellent venue of the Chorley Library lecture room is no longer available because of a staff shortage.
The evening presentation was by me (Boyd Harris) about my exploration into the remote north east of Nepal and further research into 18th century border invasions.

New venue at Trinity

The British have had a controlling presence in India with for centuries prior to their independence in 1947. The East India Company (1757–1857) and the British Indian Empire (1857–1947) continued to search out trade routes. The East India Company wanted to expand trade in Tibet and the main way to was through Nepal. But Nepal would never allow the British to go to Tibet through her territory. In September 1767 the forces of the British-India arrived in Sindhuligadhi, Nepal. The local Gorkhalis under the command of Prithvi Narayan Shah (1723-1775) launched guerrilla attacks on them and many of the British army were killed and the rest fled leaving behind a huge amount of weapons and ammunition, which the Gorkha army seized. The British were defeated and retreated.

Anglo-Nepalese War (1814–16)

The following year in 1768 the victorious Prithvi Narayan Shah and his Gorkhali forces attacked and defeated the king Jaya Prakash Malla at the Battle of Kathmandu. Shah's victory marked the establishment of the Shah dynasty in Nepal and the end of the rule of the indigenous Newars and unified rule of Nepal.

Prithvi Narayan Shah (1723-1775)

Treaty of Sagauli 1816

The Anglo-Nepalese War (1814–16), also known as the Gurkha War, was fought between the Kingdom of Gorkha (present-day Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal) and the British East India Company. The British were no match for the Gorkha forces and their skills at guerrilla warfare. Both sides had a respect for each other and treaty of Sagauli 1816 was ratified between the East India Company and King of Nepal to establish the current boundaries of Nepal.

Beautiful north east Nepal

The Nepalese Gurkha soldiers later became incorporated into the British and Indian armies.
The Nepali people who now live in the remote north west of the country and closer to Tibet then towns in their own county and so consider themselves Tibetan, in spite of the boundary.


Gurkha battalion 1857



Jan 2018
Trip update notes from John Harrison

The 2018 trip will take us back “north of the border”. “Haste ye back!” This time we are heading to Edinburgh and Jedburgh.
Click here for full details.
We will leave Chorley on Sunday 8th July and on the outskirts of Edinburgh we will visit the world-famous Rosslyn Chapel, which featured in Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code”. Brown described it as the “most mysterious and magical chapel on earth”. It was built in the 15th century and is one of Scotland’s most remarkable buildings featuring majestic stonework by master craftsmen.


Tesco Bags of Help.
In 2017, our Society submitted a bid to the Tesco Bags of Help Fund to create the Duxbury Park History Trail. We hope to use the funding to research, design and print leaflets for a trail which would enable the public to make better use of the Duxbury area. The project would also provide waymarks to guide walkers around the trail.
Click here for the full document.