North-Western Provinces


The North-Western Provinces was an administrative region in British India. The North-Western Provinces were established in 1836, through merging the administrative divisions of the Ceded and Conquered Provinces. In 1858, the nawab-ruled kingdom of Oudh was annexed and merged with the North-Western Provinces to form the renamed North-Western Provinces and Oudh. In 1902, this province was reorganized to form the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh.[2] Allahabad served as its capital from 1858, when it also became the capital of India for a day.[1]

North-Western Provinces
Province of India under Company rule (till 1858)
India under the British Raj (from 1858)
Flag of NWP
North-Western Provinces, constituted in 1836 from erstwhile Presidency of Agra
CapitalAgra (1836–1858), Allahabad (1858–1902)[1]
• 1835
9,479 km2 (3,660 sq mi)
• 1835
• Established
• Delhi Territory transferred from N.W. Provinces to Punjab
• Saugor and Nerbudda Territories separated from N.W. Provinces
• Ajmer separated from N.W. Provinces
• The offices of Lieutenant-Governor of the North-Western Provinces and Chief Commissioner of Oudh were combined in the same person
• Disestablished
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Flag of the British East India Company (1801).svg Agra Presidency
United Provinces of Agra and Oudh British Raj Red Ensign.svg
Today part ofIndia


The province included all divisions of the present-day state of Uttar Pradesh with the exception of the Lucknow Division and Faizabad Division of Awadh.[2] Among other regions included at various times were: the Delhi Territory, from 1836 until 1858, when the latter became part of the Punjab Province of British India; Ajmer and Merwara, from 1832 and 1846, respectively, until 1871, when Ajmer-Merwara became a minor province of British India; and the Saugor and Nerbudda Territories from 1853 until 1861, when they were absorbed into the Central Provinces.[2][3]


The North Western Provinces was governed by a Lieutenant-Governor, who was appointed by the East India Company from 1836 to 1858, and by the British Government from 1858 to 1902.[2]

In 1856, after the annexation of Oudh State, the North Western Provinces became part of the larger province of North Western Provinces and Oudh. In 1902, the latter province was renamed the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh; in 1904, the region within the new United Provinces corresponding to the North Western Provinces was renamed the Agra Province.[4]

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A map showing the new province of North-Western Provinces and Oudh in 1857


  1. ^ a b Ashutosh Joshi (1 January 2008). Town Planning Regeneration of Cities. New India Publishing. p. 237. ISBN 978-8189422820.
  2. ^ a b c d Imperial Gazetteer of India vol. XXIV 1908, p. 158
  3. ^ "Encyclopædia Britannica". Archived from the original on 1 December 2018. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  4. ^ Imperial Gazetteer of India vol. V 1908, p. 72


  • Administration of the North-Western Provinces and Oudh, April 1882 – November 1887, Allahabad: Government Press, North-Western Provinces and Oudh, 1887
  • Bayly, C. A. (1988), Rulers, Townsmen and Bazaars: North Indian Society in the Age of British Expansion, 1770–1870, Cambridge University Press Archive, ISBN 978-0-521-31054-3
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  • Imperial Gazetteer of India vol. V (1908), Abāzai to Arcot ("Agra Province" pp. 71–72), Published under the authority of His Majesty's Secretary of State for India in Council, Oxford at the Clarendon Press. Pp. viii, 1 map, 437.
  • Imperial Gazetteer of India vol. XXIV (1908), Travancore to Zīra ("United Provinces" pp. 132–276), Published under the authority of His Majesty's Secretary of State for India in Council, Oxford at the Clarendon Press. Pp. vi, 1 map, 437.

Coordinates: 25°27′N 81°51′E / 25.45°N 81.85°E / 25.45; 81.85