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Stoodley Fishing Stage Registered Heritage Structure

Stoodley Fishing Stage, Grand Bank, NL

Statement of Significance

Formal Recognition Type

Registered Heritage Structure

Description of Historic Place

Stoodley Fishing Stage is a wooden two storey low pitch roofed building clad in wood shingles with a two level stage head. Constructed circa 1880, it is located on Lower Water Street in Grand Bank, NL. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

Stoodley Fishing Stage was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2002 due to its historic and aesthetic value.

Stoodley Fishing Stage has historic value because of its extended use as a fisheries premises and its association with the inshore fishery. Built around the 1880s for use in the inshore fishery, the stage was used for the same purpose over several generations. Historically, Grand Bank is most well known as a centre for the Banks fishery fleet, rather than for its involvement in the inshore fishery. The Stoodley Fishing Stage therefore stands as a physical reminder of a way of life centred around the inshore fishery in an area more well known for its involvement in offshore fisheries.

Stoodley Fishing Stage has aesthetic value as it is a good example of an intact fishing store/stage in the region. There are few examples of this type of craftsmanship in the Grand Bank area left in their original shape and condition. Such buildings were designed for practical use and had to endure the rigours of a harsh environment. The use of rough materials, simple design elements and utilitarian construction techniques exemplify these fishery buildings. Of further interest is the design of the building. Whereas many stages have one storey, the Stoodley Fishing Stage has two storeys and a stage head with two levels, allowing two users unimpeded access to the building.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “Grand Bank - Stoodley Fishing Stage – FPT 1746”

Character Defining Elements

-original form, scale and massing of structure;
-low pitch roof;
-number of storeys;
-exterior wood shingle sheathing;
-corner boards;
-red ochre exterior colour;
-window size, style, trim and placement;
-size, style, trim and placement of exterior doors;
-size, style, trim and placement of exterior doors on harbour facade;
-two level stage head;
-wooden post building supports;
-dimension, location and orientation of building.

Location and History

Community Grand Bank
Municipality Town of Grand Bank
Civic Address Lower Water Street
Significant 1850 - 1880
Robert Stoodley
Style 19th Century Vernacular
Building Plan Rectangular Short Façade