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‘Telford Lodge’ was the home of John Henry de Fonseka. His children Henry Frederick, E.C, Frank, Luke, Emmy and Louise de Fonseka spent the early part of their lives in this house. Later on Frank de Fonseka settled down in this property. His daughter Mary Grace married the son of James Fretz de Fonseka who lived in the adjoining property ‘James Place’.
'Telford Lodge’ was one of the five ‘Wallawwa’s of Kalutara North. They were ‘James Place’, ‘Telford Lodge’, ‘Felix Villa’ (or ‘Luke Wallawwa’), ‘Nutmeg Grove’ and ‘Gandara Walawwa’. All but two have been demolished. Only ‘Gandara Wallawwa’ retains its old splendor today. ‘Nutmeg Grove’ which appears in the book ‘20th Century Impressions’, exists with heavy modifications. Felix Villa was taken over by the government to build police bungalows.
Presently the Employees Trust Fund office and a photographic studio by the name of ‘Hightone’ and a Saw Mill, occupy this land.