Chapelton, Jamaica

Chapelton is a market town in Clarendon Parish, Jamaica and the former parish capital.

Chapelton
Market Town
Chapelton
Coordinates: 18.082691°N 77.2669959°W / 18.082691; -77.2669959
CountryJamaica
ParishClarendon
Elevation
218 m (715 ft)
Population
  Estimate 
(2009)
4,559
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)

Name

According to a longtime resident:[2]

Back in the days of plantation slavery in Jamaica, the Chapleton locality was a plantocracy settlement. Instead of going to church in the capital May Pen, the plantation owners built a church in Chapleton where they worshiped. Local folk therefore talked about going to “the chapel in the town.” After a while, the town became known as Chapel Town but with the passing of time, the name became distorted and was shortened to become Chapelton.

Amenities

Transport

Road

Chapelton is on the B3 road which climbs up from May Pen in the south, passes though the center of the town and continues north towards Brown's Town.[4]

Rail

From 1925 to 1974 Chapelton was served by Chapelton railway station on the 21 mile railway branch line from May Pen to Frankfield.

Notable people from Chapelton

See also

References

  1. "World Gazetteer". Archived from the original on 2 September 2009.
  2. Chapelton - An Oral History Archived 21 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine, Myrel Elaine Moss (Sister Moss), golocaljamaica.com, 2003-01-01.
  3. Kathy Alison, Picasa, 2009-01-03.
  4. UK Directorate of Overseas Surveys 1:50,000 map of Jamaica Sheets G & H, 1973.
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