Ewarton

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Ewarton
Town
Ewarton is located in Jamaica
Ewarton
Ewarton
Coordinates: 18°11′00″N 77°05′00″W / 18.1833333°N 77.0833333°W / 18.1833333; -77.0833333Coordinates: 18°11′00″N 77°05′00″W / 18.1833333°N 77.0833333°W / 18.1833333; -77.0833333
Country Jamaica
Parish St Catherine
Population (2009)[1]
 • Total 13,807

Ewarton is a town in the parish of Saint Catherine, Jamaica.

History[edit]

The name is most likely a compound of the surname "Ewart" and the suffix -ton, meaning town.[2][3]

The town's economy prospered particularly from 1957 when ALCAN established a bauxite plant nearby.[4] The plant was later transferred to WINDALCO and was closed in early 2009 due to a fall in demand for aluminium as a result of the global recession.[5]

Amenities[edit]

Schools[edit]

  • Ewarton High[6]
  • Ewarton Primary
  • Polly Ground Primary[6]

Churches[edit]

There are ten churches:

Other[edit]

There is a police station,[7] a market which was recently reopened following a three year closure for refurbishment,[8] and a post office.[9] There is no library, but a Bookmobile visits regularly.[2]

Transport[edit]

Road[edit]

Ewarton is on the A1 road (Kingston - Lucea), which climbs up from Spanish Town and Bog Walk in the south, enters the town from the south east, passes through the town's central square and continues north towards Moneague and Saint Ann's Bay.[10] The central square is also the town's transport hub from which ply taxis and buses.

Rail[edit]

From 1885 to 1947 Ewarton railway station was the terminus of a 14-mile railway branch line from Spanish Town.[11] In 1947 the section of the line from Linstead to Ewarton was deemed unprofitable and closed.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General

Ewarton, Saint Catherine, Jamaica

Inline
  1. ^ "Ewarton". , World Gazetteer.
  2. ^ a b "Ewarton, Saint Catherine, Jamaica". ewart.org. 2008-09-14. Retrieved 2009-10-27. 
  3. ^ Higamn, B W; Hudson, B J (2009). "8". Jamaican Place Names (1st ed.). Kingston, Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press. p. 204. ISBN 978-976-640-217-4. 
  4. ^ Knibb Sibley, Inez (1978). Dictionary of Place-Names in Jamaica (1st ed.). Kingston, Jamaica: Institute of Jamaica. p. 51. 
  5. ^ Lurton, Daraine (2009-10-19). "Milk crisis looms". Jamaica Weekly Gleaner (Kingston, Jamaica: Gleaner Company) 3026: 5. 
  6. ^ a b List of schools in Jamaica
  7. ^ Ewarton Police Station, Jamaica Constabulary Force Website.
  8. ^ "Refurbished Ewarton Market is Back in Business". Jamaica Information Service. 2009-08-06. Retrieved 2009-10-27. 
  9. ^ AGUILAR, E F (December 1949). "THE BRITISH WEST INDIAN PHILATELIST". Kingston, Jamaica: E F AGUILAR. p. 11. Retrieved 2009-10-27. 
  10. ^ UK Directorate of Overseas Surveys 1:50,000 map of Jamaica sheet G, 1973.
  11. ^ Satchell, Veront M; Sampson, Cezley (March 2003). "The rise and fall of railways in Jamaica, 1845-1975". The Journal of Transport History (Manchester, England: Manchester University Press) 24 (1): 5. 
  12. ^ Satchell, Veront M; Sampson, Cezley (March 2003). "The rise and fall of railways in Jamaica, 1845-1975". The Journal of Transport History (Manchester, England: Manchester University Press) 24 (1): 15.