This historical mansion, which is commonly known as the Adisham Castle, is situated in Thangamale Monastery, Haputale, Sri Lanka. Now a religious house belonging to the Sylvestero-Benedictine congregation of the Catholic Church, the history of this building goes as far back as to 1887, when its creator, Sir Thomas Lister Villiers arrived in Sri Lanka.
Thomas Lister was born in Adisham, Kent, in an aristocratic and religious family of Britain in 1869. He was educated in Sherbone Public School. In his young age, Thomas Lister’s restless soul told him to choose adventure rather than doing business or politics in Britain, and so he arrived in Sri Lanka (those days, Ceylon), a colony of the British at the time, seeking adventure.
Soon after his arrival in Sri Lanka, he joined Elbedde Estate, Bogawantalawa, and started the career as a trainee planter there. He managed to purchase Dickoya Group in 1900. Before long, he joined George Steuart Company, Colombo, and became its Chairman in 1928.