Gutters: The Entrance to
Gutters is the main access point to
the outskirts of the village. This is where people connect to adjacent places
Although there are other access points to the village, Gutters remains the major one. Trucks and other vehicles traveling to Jamaica Broilers, Inswood Sugarcane Plantation or elsewhere can be seen daily as they travel through this point. It is also within close proximity to Highway 2000, where cars on the highway can be seen from this location. In recent years, Gutters has not changed dramatically. However, Small pockets of buildings like grocery shops and other businesses have continued to dot the landscape.
During the 1960’s Gutters hosted one of the most notorious tailor shops
supplying the area, including the Village. The original location was on the
right hand corner where this picture was taken (where car is picking up
student). This shop was run by a famous Villager nicknamed “Sport” (Mr. Noel
Jennings) who got the name from being one of the fastest runners in the
surrounding areas including Church Pen and
This tailor shop, though humble, was not only a
landmark but also the main stop before proceeding to the village. The only transportation
to the village at the time was drays and donkey carts. Sport’s tailor shop
always had the characteristic smell of most tailor shops of the day, where the
half-burnt smell of coal-fired self-heater irons pressing clothes could be
taken in on entrance. One could always
be assured of hearing various conversations packed with much laughter. Various
other items could also be obtained form his shop. This includes items such as
peppered shrimp, peanuts, bammy, fish,
fried-fritters, newspaper and ice, which could only be bought here since ice
trucks would hardly travel to the village. Some of the main customers were the sugar
cane cutters going to
Remnants of the great era of the Bushy Park Sugar Industry still exist today. The Bushy Park Aqueduct, built in the 1700’s still speaks of that time.
Although much of this ambience has changed, Gutters still remains the main hub of accessing major locations outside the village.