LaMartiniere College Lucknow, Photo journal

Vive LaMartiniere!

The school is a tourist attraction for its architecture and history.

LaMartiniere College, Lucknow is the only school in the world to have received Battle Honours - 'Defence of Lucknow' for the staff and students' role in defending the Lucknow Residency in the 1857 Revolt. The college finds mention in Rudyard Kipling's novel 'Kim' also.

There are seven LaMartiniere schools – a girls and a boys school each in Lucknow and Calcutta respectively and three colleges in Lyons, France. The founder Major General Claude Martin arrived at Calcutta from Lyons, and thereafter spent the latter part of his life in Lucknow. His home in Lucknow, Constantia now houses LaMartiniere College, Lucknow.

LaMartiniere College, Lucknow was founded in the year 1840, in accordance with the will of Major General Claude Martin. It is affiliated to the ISC Board, and has boarding facilities also.

The school is a tourist attraction for its architecture and history.


Constantia, La Martiniere College Lucknow

Inscription at Constantia

Inscription, La Martiniere College Lucknow

The LaMartiniere College, Lucknow was established and is supported by funds bequeathed for that purpose by Claude Martin, a native of France and a Major General in the service of the East India Company. He was born at Lyons on the 5th of January 1735, died at Lucknow on the 13th of September 1800 and was buried within this building. The college was founded in the year AD 1840.

Major General Claude Martin

Major General Claude Martin

Labore-et-Constantia: The school motto and coat of arms

Labore-et-Constantia: LaMartiniere, The school motto and coat of arms

The courtyard LaMartiniere College, Lucknow

Bell in the courtyard, La Martiniere College Lucknow  

Garden View, LaMartiniere College, Lucknow

Garden View, La Martiniere College Lucknow

Spence Hall

Spence Hall, La Martiniere College, Lucknow 

School socials are held here in English tradition.

Library, LaMartiniere College, Lucknow

Painted ceiling in the library, La Martiniere College Lucknow

Library, La Martiniere College Lucknow

The School Song

Vive La Martiniere is the school song for LaMartiniere schools in India and France. The song was written in the late 1860s by Frederick James Rowe while he was an English teacher at LaMartiniere Boys' College in Calcutta, India.

Hail! Hail! the name we own;
Hail! to the giver;
Blessing and bright renown;
Be his forever!

Verse 1:

All his martial deeds may die,
Lasting still his charity;

This his laurel blooms for aye,
Dead he lives in us today.
This then our song shall be,
As we chant his eulogy -
"May our Founder's name endure;
Ever spotless, ever pure."



Verse 2:

Faithful may we ever be
Followers of his constancy;
Firm of hand against the foe
Soft of heart to succour woe.
This then our song shall be,
As we chant his eulogy -
"May our Founder's name endure
Ever spotless ever pure!"


Travel guide: LaMartiniere College, Lucknow

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Lucknow is the capital city of Uttar Pradesh in India. It is 500 km from Delhi, and well connected by train and air. Lucknow has some of the finest examples of Shia architecture in India such as the Imambaras

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remember the socials, anyone?

anisha on Friday, May 22, 2009

Nice :)..and yaa..i remember the socials..:p..attended only 1..:p..but i enjoyed d cockhouse parties :P

zain on Monday, June 15, 2009

Yes...I remember the socials, used to always go to the ones after founders day concert.

Peter on Friday, July 10, 2009

I still can close my eyes and go back to spence hall taking those tough steps to walk up to a lady and ask her for a dance... Cockhouse & socials are missed equally

nik on Wednesday, July 22, 2009

vive la martiniere :-)

anisha on Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Oh how I miss those old days of bunking, socials and climbing up to the crown

KC John on Thursday, November 5, 2009

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