Afghan Road, SW11

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Commemorates the Second Afghan War of 1878 – 1880 fought between the British Raj and the Emirate of Afghanistan. The war’s roots lay in the Amir of Afghanistan, Sher Ali Khan’s refusal to accept a British diplomatic mission to Kabul. Having, not unreasonably, turned back the mission, the British decided to put on a show of strength and invade. The beginning of the end came following the Battle of Kabul which started on December 23, 1879 and led to the defeat of the Afghan tribesmen under Mohammed Jan a month later. Like many streets laid out at the time of the British Empire, jingoistic builders named them after imperial wars and its major figures as a show of patriotism and to encourage house sales. Apparently the area of this street is known as “Little India”.

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