Photographer's Note

Richmond Castle is an Edwardian mansion, located near Kalutara. Built between 1900 and 1910, it was formally the country seat of Mudaliyar Don Arthur de Silva Wijesinghe Sirwardena. The building is currently owned by the Public Trustee.

The mansion was built based on a similar plan of a castle in India, which was owned by Srirwardena's schoolmates. Richmond Castle is a two-story building with sixteen rooms, 99 doors and 34 windows. All essential supplies for the building were sourced from abroad, including floor tiles from Italy, teak from Burma, window panes, decorated with glass depicting grapevines from Scotland and an iron stair and bathroom fittings from England.

Srirwardena moved into Richmond Castle upon his marriage to Clarice Matilda Maude Suriyabandara in 1910. The couple spent 32 years together however they were unable to have children, Srirwenda bequeathed his properties to the Public Trustee with the request that the castle was converted to a children's home.

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