Surrey County, Jamaica

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In 1758 the island's 3 counties ­ Surrey, Middlesex and Cornwall ­ were created to facilitate more convenient holdings of courts of Justice. Surrey has 4 parishes ­Kingston, the capital and smallest parish, St. Andrew, St. Thomas and Portland. [1]Surrey is the easternmost and the smallest by area of the three historic counties into which Jamaica is divided. It includes .

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The county of Surrey is shown in yellow.

History[edit]

Jamaica's three counties were established in 1758 to facilitate the holding of courts along the lines of the British County court system. [2] Surrey was named after the English county in which Kingston upon Thames is found.[2] Kingston was its county town.[2]

Parishes[edit]

Surrey County
On
map
Parish Area
km²
Population
Census 2001
Capital
11 Kingston Parish(1) (2) 21.8 96,052 Kingston
12 Portland 814.0 80,205 Port Antonio
13 Saint Andrew(1) 430.7 555,828 Half Way Tree
14 Saint Thomas 742.8 91,604 Morant Bay
  Surrey County 2,009.3 823,689
  Jamaica total 10,990.5 2,607,631 Kingston

(1) Kingston Parish and Saint Andrew Parish together form Kingston and St Andrew Corporation.
(2) Kingston Parish does not encompass all of Kingston.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A special Gleaner Feature". Jamaica Gleaner. 
  2. ^ a b c Higman, B W; Hudson (2009). Jamaican Place Names. B J (1st ed.). Mona, Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press. p. 31. ISBN 978-976-640-217-4. 

Coordinates: 18°03′N 76°32′W / 18.05°N 76.54°W / 18.05; -76.54