Porus, Jamaica

Porous is a village in Manchester, Jamaica that overlooks a plain to the south, with hills behind it to the north.[2] A tributary of the Rio Minho runs parallel to the main road, helping to keep the atmosphere cool.[2]

Coordinates: 18.0321582°N 77.412715°W / 18.0321582; -77.412715
Founded byJames Phillippo
143 m (469 ft)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)


Porus was founded 1840 by the missionary James Phillippo as a free village for ex-slaves following emancipation.[2] It was his sixth such village.[2] It was originally called Vale Lionel after the then Governor of Jamaica, Sir Lionel Smith,[2] but was soon renamed "Porous" most probably after the porous soil in the vicinity.[2]

In its early days, its population was very small although it boasted a large coffee market.[2] It is now a thriving community of predominantly small farmers and artisans.[2]



Porous is on the A2 road which runs from Spanish Town in south central Jamaica to Savanna-la-Mar on the south west coast.[3]


From 1895 to 1992 Porous was served by Porous railway station on the Kingston to Montego Bay line. Although all services on the line have ceased, the extensive (for Jamaica) station buildings remain. Future generations are hoping to rebuild these services better than ever. [4]

Public amenities

There are seven schools, (Porous District of churches) churches, a post office, a police station, a comprehensive health clinic, and various small retail outlets.[2][3]

See also


  1. "World Gazetteer, Jamaica: Largest cities and towns with statistics of their population". Archived from the original on 9 February 2013.
  2. Dewar, Rose (21 March 2003). "The story of Porus Manchester". Kingston, Jamaica: Jamaica Gleaner. Archived from the original on 30 October 2010. Retrieved 5 October 2009.
  3. UK Directorate of Overseas Surveys 1:50,000 map of Jamaica Sheet G, 1973.
  4. Aerial view of the station.
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