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    • A view of the Easter Cove from the Wester Cove

    • Abandoned houses; Architecture, building and construction; Landscape; Towns;
    • On the east side of the wide river mouth, the Easter Cove has at times been quite removed from the Place. In the early years, there were a fair number of houses in the Easter Cove. However in 1962, rafting ice damaged the series of wooden bridges...
    • Easter Cove Hill

    • Architecture, building and construction;
    • The road on the Easter Cove Hill is part of Route 92 locally known as North Harbour Road. Route 92 connects Branch with communities at the head of St. Marys Bay and was completed in 1975. Route 100 which meets Route 92 in the Place, connects...
    • Dam on John Englishs Gully

    • Architecture, building and construction;
    • John Englishs Gully was dammed in 1949 to provide the first municipal water supply. Marina Gambin writes her fathers response to her inquiry on Englishs identity, A fellow by the name of John English used to go out there in the summertime and strip...
    • The Black Wharf juts out into the Cove

    • Architecture, building and construction; Landscape;
    • The Black Wharf was originally a finger pier placed to slow the adverse effects of river sand and tidal action on the depth of the Gut. Over the years, the structural material of the Black Wharf has changed and today this structure is technically a...
    • The Bank overlooks the Landwash

    • Architecture, building and construction; Landscape;
    • The Bank is a manmade structure. In the mid-1950s, when the Gut was dredged, sand and gravel were piled at the edge of the Landwash, creating the Bank.
    • Stakes piled on the Big Hill

    • Architecture, building and construction; Vernacular architecture;
    • The tree-covered hills around Branch provide firewood and timber. Over the years, this local supply has been used to build houses and boats, horse slides and box carts, wharves and flakes, furniture and barrels. The Big Hill is known as a good...
    • Aerial photo of the Gut today

    • Bays; Cod fishing; Commercial fishing; Fishing; Towns;
    • The Gut has seen many changes over the generations with changing fishing methods and technology, as well as declining cod stocks in recent years. Today at the Gut, modern longliners moor in the Pond while a dormant fish processing plant sits next...
    • Activity on and around the Wharf

    • Boardwalks; People;
    • Between the 1950s and 1980s, most of the activity at the Gut happened on the Wharf the marginal wharf on the west side of the Gut. Even when the boats were not in, the Wharf was a lively place.
    • Boats and fishing gear on Henrys Beach

    • Boats; Families; Fishing equipment; Fishing boats; Landscape; Salt-curing; Architecture, building and construction;
    • Henrys Beach is the point of land separating the Pond from the Gut. This area was traditionally owned by the Roche's who built fishing stages here after marriage into the Nash family. The land was also used to dry fish during the salt cod fishery....
    • Longliners tied moored in the Pond

    • Boats; Fishing; Fishing boats; Landscape;
    • The Pond is a natural body of water in the estuary. Today, fishing catches are unloaded from the Pond and trucked out of Branch for processing. Boats have anchored and moored in the Pond since Thomas Nash arrived and built the first homestead...
    • A skiff going in the Gut

    • Boats; Landscape; Towns;
    • The Gut has been the industrial hub of the fishery in Branch since the 1790s. Although the term gut refers specifically to the channel of water at the mouth of the River, the general area around the channel is also known as the Gut. The channel...
    • Early all-grade school in Branch

    • Buildings;
    • The early schools in Branch were located in peoples houses. By the early-1900s, this large schoolhouse - across from the location of the current church - was the centre of education for many Branch children.
    • Relaxing by the Plot monument

    • Churches; Religion;
    • The Catholic religion has played a central role in the lives of Branch residents. The Plot marks the site of the first Church in Branch, built in 1848 at the Gut. The third and current church was built in 1983 and overlooks the Place from Peters...
    • Fish flakes on the Back of the Beach

    • Cod fishing; Commercial fishing; Drying (Food preservation); Fishing; Salt-curing;
    • During the salt cod fishery, split and cleaned fish was left in salt bulk for two weeks and then spread to dry on flakes built on the Back of the Beach. Women and children were responsible for spreading and turning the fish.
    • Men splitting fish on the wharf Across the Gut

    • Cod fishing; Commercial fishing; Fishers; Fishing;
    • Until the mid-1970s, salt cod was the main fish product from Branch. The catch was landed, gutted and split on the marginal wharves along the Gut. In earlier years, marginal wharves and fish stages lined the Gut on both sides. The east side was...
    • Cows on Packies Bonus

    • Employment; Vegetables;
    • During the Depression, residents were encouraged to clear land and were given a small government bonus for each acre cleared. Packie (Patrick) Power (1893-1965) cleared land above the Wester Cove, close to the Knap. This land became known as...
    • Boys playing football in the Landwash

    • Entertainment and recreation;
    • The Landwash is a natural playground for the young who play in the sand and waves and explore the bordering tidal pools when the sand is in. Children are brave enough to swim in the less-than-warm North Atlantic waters, but adults can be persuaded...
    • Young people gather for a time on the Bridge

    • Entertainment and recreation;
    • Branch is known for its large number of singers, musicians and other artists, many carrying on the oral tradition of their Irish ancestors. In the 1950s and early-1960s, before the Shamrock Lounge was opened, people often gathered for a time in the...

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