Chapelton, Jamaica

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Chapelton
Market Town
Chapelton is located in Jamaica
Chapelton
Chapelton
Coordinates: 18°04′58″N 77°16′01″W / 18.082691°N 77.2669959°W / 18.082691; -77.2669959Coordinates: 18°04′58″N 77°16′01″W / 18.082691°N 77.2669959°W / 18.082691; -77.2669959
Country Jamaica
Parish Clarendon
Elevation 218 m (715 ft)
Population .[1]
 • Estimate (2009) 4,559
Time zone EST (UTC-5)

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

Name[edit]

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[edit]

Transport[edit]

Road[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "World Gazetteer". 
  2. ^ a b Chapelton - An Oral History, 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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