Bellwood does not appear in the Ceylon Alamanac records of 1856 but is listed in the next available records of 1870 (Ferguson's Directory). The estate therefore would have been established between 1856 and 1870 as a coffee plantation. The 1870 records reveal that the property was 550 acres in extent of which 300 was planted with coffee. Tea cultivation was first reflected in the records of 1884 with 20 acres before usurping coffee and being the sole crop by the early 1890s.
Currently (2019), Bellwood is a division of Deltotte Group, which in turn falls under the Galaha Group that is managed by the Janatha Estates Development Board (JEDB).
Scotsman James Taylor started Sri Lanka’s first tea estate, 19 acre Loolecondera Estate, marking the birth of the tea industry in Ceylon.
The first Shipment of Ceylon Tea, a consignment of 23lb (10kg) arrived in London for trade
The first public Colombo Tea Auction was held at the premises of Somerville & Co. under the auspice of Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.
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