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The Trench Town Rock Experience :: Domino Session at Big Yard Kingston 12

July 16, 2018


 The Domino Players

Errol McKinson

Oil on Canvas 20 x 20




Big Yard on fifth Street Trench Town, Kingston 12,  Jamaica.Trench Town (also Trench Town) is a neighborhood located in the parish of St. Andrew which shares municipality with Kingston, the capital and largest city of Jamaica. In the 1960s Trench Town was known as the Hollywood of Jamaica.


The new residences consisted of one- and two-storey 'knog' buildings, built in clusters or around a central courtyard with communal cooking and bathroom facilities. Dominoes was a great way of socializing for the folks of Trench Town, Kingston 12.


These residences became the famous Government Yards of Trench Town. Knog construction refers to a labor-intensive traditional method of construction where a timber frame structure is in-filled with brick or rubble then covered with a wire mesh and plastered. The architecture used was that of a rural Caribbean vernacular with hip roofs and wide verandas. Trench Town was a planned community with a hierarchical grid of streets and central sewage and garbage disposal systems.


Trench Town became famous for the talent which emerged from the project.[citation needed] In the 19