|District Court House|
Traveling north on the Lower Mall Road, at the junction between the Upper and Lower Mall Roads, you will find Nasir Bagh on your right, a reminder of the early British cantonment that was established here. This garden, which has been known variously as Anarkali Garden, Kumpany Bagh, Soldier's Garden and Gol Bagh (now named after Jamal Abdul Nasir of Egypt), is well maintained.
Driving past the neo-Gothic Government College with its enormous tower, you will need to turn left into a large compound where the impressive District Courts or the office of the Deputy Commissioner is situated. The site, part of the old Anarkali Cantonment, was situated opposite the Gymnasium (old Presbyterian Church). To make space for the Saddar Kachahri of Lahore District—as the District Courts were known—many of the barracks had to be demolished, as indeed had been the fate of several Mughal structures when the first British cantonment was laid out in 1845. Kannhaiya Lal, executive engineer in charge, praises the pleasant verdant grounds full of old trees, where the District Courts were constructed in 1870 at a cost of Rs. 100,000.
Designed in a 'U' shape with a footprint of 233' x
227', its three wings border the periphery of the
open space. The centre of the long frontage is
defined by a commodious porch, used by the DC, whose
buggy would stand waiting for the sahib to finish
his work. The porch leads across the verandah to the
court with a raised dais for use of the Deputy
Commissioner. The remaining portions of the building
contain offices of the Assistant Commissioner and
Extra Assistant Commissioner etc., as well as the
offices of District Superintendent of Police.