|Province||North Western Province|
|Time zone||Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone (UTC+5:30)|
The village of Wennappuwa is mentioned in the Culavamsa' (pp 97) as a small farming hamlet. An old church made of wattle and daub, consecrated to St. Joseph was put up in Gangoda in 1850. Very Rev. Fr. Contentious Chounavel (OMI) a French Missionary the founder of the new St. Joseph's church arrived at Wennappuwa between (1861-1863 A.D.) There were only 300 families then. His sole intention was to gather those families whose staunch faith was strong and visible, under one roof. The roads were coming up and he realized that a new church should be built by the main road in order to accommodate the growing population.
The brother of Utuwankande Sura Saradiel of Mawanella, lived with his family at Haldanduwana  and learnt sculpture under Rev. Fr. Chounavel who was the Parish Priest of Haldanduwana and a master of sculpture. The great historical statue of St. Joseph on the front facade of the St. Joseph's Church Wennappuwa was sculptured by him.
New wennappuwa town has more than 500 business men. The Wennappuwa Business association is the Largest business association in Wennappuwa. It represent almost all business men in Wennappuwa. Recently they develop the lake near wennappuwa town.
- The historical facts on Wennappuwa and the church were extracted from the magazine 'Siyawas Jubilee Samaruwa' published at the centenary celebrations in 1981.