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Photo Flashback: St Catherine – four parishes in one

Published:Friday | September 29, 2023 | 8:37 AM
THE OLD FOUNTAIN: Ornately decorated, this ancient water fountain still provides cool, refreshing water for those passing along the road at Water Mount District.
POINT HILL Anglican Church is a sedate stone structure surrounded by monuments of St. Catherine citizens.
LLUIDAS VALE church, surrounded by towering palms.
ANCIENT BUT USEFUL – This old stone building at Point Hill, the structure of which suggests past use as a fortification of some kind, is now used by the Police and Public Works Department.
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ST Catherine has the unique distinction of including in its 497 square miles area, four of the early parishes of Jamaica - St. Catherine, St. Dorothy, St. John and St. Thomas-in-the-vale. With the passing of a law in 1867, the four parishes became one - St. Catherine, named after the Queen of Charles II. In the first act in which the parish is mentioned, it is actually and correctly spelt Katherine. Within the boundaries of this four-parishes-in-one, there is packed with a lot of interesting history of Jamaica.