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    • 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...
    • A view from the Hill

    • Families; Houses; Towns; Weddings;
    • In the early-1800s, Nix Power married one of Thomas Nashs daughters and the Powers settled on the Hill above the Gut and Square. In the mid-1850s, another family of Powers arrived and settled on the Hill. Patrick Mooney (b. 1816) the first Mooney...
    • 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...
    • A view of the Place from across the River

    • Families; Towns;
    • Oral tradition has it that several years after settling in Branch, Thomas Nash returned to Ireland to perform his Easter duties, there being no priests in the area at the time. On his return, he was joined by two friends, Bill English and Nix...
    • A wave breaks over the Big Rock during a swell

    • Landscape;
    • The Big Rock sometimes sits in the ocean, sometimes sits on shore. Its changing position between high and low tide, and its view of the Western Cove have made it an ideal ducking spot and a favorite - though sometimes dangerous - place for...
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • Aerial view of the shoreline, Flats and Place

    • Houses; Towns;
    • The Place refers to the main cluster of houses west of the River. Since the 1970s, there has been considerable residential development in the Easter Cove (not shown). People living in the Easter Cove will say they are going over to the Place when...
    • 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....
    • 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...
    • Branch River flows toward the Place

    • Entertainment and recreation; Fishing; Landscape;
    • Branch River, known locally as the River, flows fourteen miles from its headwaters and branches at its mouth in the heart of Branch. Oral tradition has it that Thomas Nash was lured to Branch partly by salmon in the River. Today, Branch River is a...
    • Children cresting Jimmys Hill on tricycles

    • Families; Towns;
    • Over the Road is bounded by Jimmys Hill, named for James Roche (1904 - 1970). Campbells and ORourkes live at the base of Jimmys Hill. Mick ORourke- the first ORourke in Branch arrived around 1845 from Mall Bay, St. Marys Bay and married a Nash....
    • Contraption used to get drinking water from Kerrys Spout

    • Water Springs
    • Kerrys Spout is a cold water spring located along the east shoreline beyond the Back of the Beach. Oral tradition has it that a British man named Kingspear moved to Branch at the same time as Thomas Nash and settled in the Easter Cove. Little is...
    • Country Path

    • Landscape;
    • Footpaths leading out from the Place have been created over the years as hunters, anglers, berry pickers and hikers have walked to and from their favourite spots. The Country Path opens up the area known as the Country, north and east of the River.
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • Englishs Gulch flows past meadows on the way to the River

    • Landscape; Livestock; Vegetables;
    • Two Gulches adjacent to the Flats on the east side of the River provide valuable farming land as well as great places for the nature lover to explore. Englishs Gulch, the gulch closer to the ocean, was one of the tracts of land cleared in Branch in...
    • Farmland alongside Roches Gulch

    • Landscape; Families;
    • Like that of Englishs Gulch, the land around Roches Gulch was cleared for farming in the 1800s. Patrick Roche (1803 1892) obtained the land as a wedding gift when he married Nellie English. The early Roches temporarily moved to the Gulch to escape...

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