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PHOTO FLASHBACK: The mellowed face of St Catherine 1962

Published:Friday | September 23, 2022 | 12:37 AM
In 1962, Old Harbour Bay had the second largest fishing village in Jamaica. Formerly called Esquivel, it was named after a Spanish governor of Jamaica, who established it as a ship-building port.
The Old Iron Bridge in Spanish Town, St Catherine, was erected in 1801 at a cost of 4,000 pounds and is the oldest bridge of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.
Fort Augusta, which is situated between Port Henderson and Passage Fort (on the seaward side), was once a military station where all ammunition and other combustible materials used to be deposited by vessels proceeding to Kingston. The fort was planned by Admiral Knowles (afterwards governor of Jamaica) in about 1850, for the protection of Kingston. Today (1962), it is used to house prisoners.
The Old Harbour clock tower is a familiar landmark to travellers using the southern arterial road which runs through the town.

The parish of St Catherine is one that holds a rich history. It is also one of the biggest parishes and has several fascinating and important cultural and heritage sites.