The Quidnock Municipal Heritage Site
Conche, Newfoundland and Labrador, A0K, Canada
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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Quidnock is a natural rock formation in the shape of a fish, in an oceanside area known locally as The Dock in the Stage Cove area of the Town of Conche. The municipal heritage designation is confined to the footprint of the The Quidnock rock formation.
The Quidnock has been designated a municipal heritage site by the Town of Conche because of its historic, cultural and aesthetic values.
The Quidnock is a rock formation in the shape of a fish, in an area known as the Dock at Stage Cove, Conche. Fittingly, this area was historically a very busy fishing station. The Dock was a French fishing room from 1745 until 1904, during which time the French enjoyed British-granted fishing treaty rights along the French Shore. Adjoining the French Room at The Dock, families such as the Symmonds, Bromleys and Flynns had large fishing premises from 1816 until 1992, with family-owned fishing stages and stores. During much of this period, the Quidnock was surrounded with fish drying on numerous flakes and the cobbled beaches.
The area also has historic significance because some local residents believe it may have been burial grounds for now extinct Aboriginal people.
The Quidnock has cultural significance as an interesting example of local landmark nomenclature, though its etymology is something of a mystery.
The Quidnock has aesthetic value as a distinctive natural landscape feature and landmark in an historically significant area of Conche.
Source: Town of Conche Council Meeting Minutes of 2007/12/19
-location of the rock;
-and fish-like shape of the rock.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Municipal Heritage Building, Structure or Land
1745/01/01 to 1904/01/01
Theme - Category and Type
- Peopling the Land
- People and the Environment
Function - Category and Type
- Nature Element
- Food Supply
- Fisheries Site
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Town of Conche
PO Box 59
Conche, NL A0K 1Y0
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