Hambantota gallows

Hambantota gallows
Hambantota gallows is a gallows tree located in the south-eastern tip of Hambantota tower hill area in Hambantota District, Sri Lanka.

The gallows was by the British during their colonial rule in Sri Lanka. It is made of an oak pillar which gradually thins towards the top (Abeyawardana, 2004).
Leonard Woolf (1880-1969), the Government Agent of Hambantota is said to have watched hangings from the Government Agent's residence which is located north-west of the gallows (Abeyawardana, 2004).

A protected monument
The ancient gallows at the premises adjoining the land in front of the premises of the Department of Meteorology Squire at towerhill road in Hambantota town west No. 09 village situated in Grama Niladhari Division, Hambantota in the Divisional Secretary’s Division, Hambantota is an archaeological protected monument, declared by a government gazette notification published on 24 March 2016.


1) Abeyawardana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Ruhuna: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. ISBN: 955-575-073-4. pp.100-101. 
2) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. No: 1960. 24 March 2016. p.227.

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