Ladle Cove

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Ladle Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador, is in Bonavista Bay near Musgrave Harbour on Hamilton Sound. Ladle Cove has a poor harbour but is located close to good fishing grounds and fishing grounds off the Wadham Islands. Ladle Cove also attracted settlers because the soil is fertile enough for growing vegetables.[1]


The first settlers in Ladle Cove are believed to have been Samuel and Tobias Pinsent who stayed for the winter in 1862. The first land grant was issued to the Methodist board of education in 1876; the next grant was given to the West Brothers in 1877.[2] By 1869 there were 48 people living in the cove. Some of these people would spend their summer on the Offer Wadham Islands fishing. In the 1880s Ladle Cove was shipping surplus vegetables from their fertile soil to other communities. The first post office was in Abraham Tulk's home around the year 1885 and it remained there until 1919 when a Martha Stratton had it in her home. The postoffice was built in 1925. The population in 1951 was 176.[1]


In the early years on Ladle Cove the settlers fished for cod in Ladle Cove or on Peckford and Wadham Islands, and the cod was sold to Fogo or St. John's. They also hunted for food and grew their own vegetables. The lobster fishery was also important, and the Tulks operated a lobster factory in Ladle Cove. There was also some small-scale sealing, herring and salmon catching, and logging (since early 1900s) in Ladle Cove.[2]

Church History[edit]

Although most of the population in the beginning of settlement were Church of England, there was no Church of England church. The first Methodist school-chapel in Ladle Cove was opened in 1884 and the first minister was either James Wilson, or A.J. Cheeseman. Between 1862 and 1874 ministers from Greenspond and Fogo visited to perform services, baptisms, burials and marriages. From 1874 to 1884 the ministers came from Musgrave Harbour until Ladle Cove got its own church and fell under the Musgrave circuit. In 1894 a new church was opened by Thomas Darby.


The first teaching in Ladle Cove was done by Louisa Wellon in 1875 in her fathers store. The first school was located on the same land as the church when the land was granted to the Methodist Board of Education in 1876. The school started in 1878 with William Bradley as the first teacher. A new one room school opened in 1904 with Edwin Baker as the teacher.[2]

Census Information[edit]

1869 1874
population 48 125
inhabited houses 6 17
families 6 23
Church of England 31 40
Wesleyans 17 85
people catching/curing fish 16 41
seamen/fishermen 10 33
merchants/traders - 1
not attending school 14 55
can read/write - 5
stores/barns/outhouses - 8
fishing rooms in use 5 12
total boats 7 13
nets and seines 7 23
cod fish (qtls) - 1150
salmon (tes) - 4
herring (brls) - 28
oil (galls) - 965
oxen/cows 3 5
sheep 7 32
swine/goat - 86
tons of hay produced 4 3.5
barrels of potatoes 146 347
barrels of turnip 5 11

Family Names[edit]

- some of the earliest names in Ladle Cove were:

  • Pinsent
  • Goodyear
  • Wellon
  • West
  • Chaulk
  • Stratton
  • Head
  • Eveleigh
  • Walker
  • Peckford
  • Shelly
  • Whelan
  • Legrizzly
  • Coish
  • Elkin
  • Flynn
  • Hussey
  • Dunn
  • Hannon
  • Murrin
  • Blundon
  • Osmond
  • Martin
  • Tulk

See: F. West, A Brief History of Ladle Cove, 1969.

Interesting facts[edit]

  • In 1892 a road was built from Aspen to Ladle Coves
  • Outport Road Board members for Ladle and Aspey Coves were R. Whellon, West, Goodyear, and Tuck.
  • The Way Officer for Ladle Cove was Stephen Gould in the late 1800s.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador
  2. ^ a b c F. West, A Brief History of Ladle Cove, 1969.
  3. ^ Newfoundland Almanac

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 49°27′00″N 54°03′00″W / 49.450°N 54.050°W / 49.450; -54.050