Noah Chippett Fishing Stage/Twine Loft and Wharf is a wooden, two-storey, pitched roof, vernacular building of nailed timber construction with an adjoining wharf made of rinded, local logs. It is perched oceanside on wooden posts in Leading Tickles, NL in the area of town known as Sunny Side. The designation includes the combined footprints of the stage/loft and adjoining wharf.
Statement of Significance
Formal Recognition Type
Municipal Heritage Building, Structure or Land
Noah Chippett Fishing Stage/Twine Loft and Wharf has been designated a municipal heritage site by the Town of Leading Tickles due to its historic, cultural and aesthetic value.
Noah Chippett Fishing Stage/Twine Loft and Wharf has historic value as one of the oldest structures in Leading Tickles. It was constructed by Noah Chippett on nearby Burnt Island in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century. During a population centralization effort in the 1920s the structure was floated to the safer harbour of Cull’s Island. Cull’s Island is now part of the Town of Leading Tickles and the stage/twine loft has passed through four generations of the Chippett family.
Noah Chippett Fishing Stage/Twine Loft has cultural value due to its connection to the fishing industry in Leading Tickles, a community whose economy has traditionally been based on fishing and lumbering. The lower level of the building was used for splitting, salting and storing fish, while the upper level twine loft was used for repairing and storing fishing gear.
Noah Chippett Fishing Stage/Twine Loft and Wharf has aesthetic value as its vernacular style and basic materials are typical of many traditional fishing stages. It is entirely constructed of wood: narrow clapboard siding with vertical cornerboards, a mid-pitch roof with wooden shingles, a foundation of posts and cribbing, wooden windows, and wooden doors of vertical boards. The building’s utilitarian construction is evident in the unfinished interior walls, floor and ceiling, and a centre beam chopped from a single tree runs the length of the structure. One gable end faces a typically constructed wharf of longers (horizontally laid wooden poles to form a platform). Together, the building and wharf contribute to the landscape of Leading Tickles, emphasizing the culture of the fishery in the area.
Source: Town of Leading Tickles Council Meeting Minutes of 2007/03/05
Character Defining Elements
All exterior elements relating to the function of the building, its age and its vernacular nature:
– nailed timber construction;
– height, dimensions and two storey construction;
– wood post foundation;
– mid-pitched roof;
– mixed roofing material;
– narrow horizontal wooden clapboard;
– dimensions of doors and windows;
– use of traditional and local materials
– proximity to the wharf, and;
– oceanside location.
Those features of the wharf that relate to its vernacular style and function, including:
– construction materials of local longers;
– traditional architectural style;
– wharf supports made of cribbing and wooden posts;
– location and dimensions, and;
– proximity to the stage.
Location and History
Town of Leading Tickles
Sunny Side, Cull Island
1900 - 1900
Rectangular Long Façade