The section of Chandni Chowk between Kotwali and the Red Fort was once called Urdu (meaning camp). The Kotwali (police station) faces a small plaza. Outside this building, following their suppression of the first Indian Freedom Struggle in 1857, the British displayed the severed heads of three Mughal princes, and the corpses of those that they had hanged within the building. Both the Kotwali and the Town Hall (1860-65), on its west side are classical in style, with stucco frontages. Formerly, a bronze statue of Queen Victoria stood outside the town Hall; it can now be seen in the College of Arts.

The Urdu language evolved from the mixture of tongues in the royal residences (camps) and is an abbreviation of zaban-i-urdu (camp language). To the rear of the Town Hall stretches Mahatma Gandhi Park, formerly Queen's Gardens. The Public Library within its grounds was built to commemorate a former viceroy, Lord Harding. Behind the Park is Delhi Railway Station.

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