NL GenWeb 1871 Lovell's Directory
Placentia Bay Region - Placentia Bay East District
The information was transcribed by RICK POWER ~ December 1999. While I have tried to be careful,
there could be problems - transcription errors, interpretations of handwriting or errors existing in
the actual data.
PLACENTIA - A town of the east side of Placentia Bay, and the capital of the district of Placentia, is one of the oldest towns in the colony; it was settled by the French in 1626 and strongly fortified. It successfully resisted an attack made upon it by the English Squadron and was held by the French as a continual menace to English supremacy in this island. The town is built for the most part upon a low beach, which is sometimes covered with water. A little to the south of the town is a large hill with a remarkable cliff on the middle of the beach. The harbor is very fine and large. It has two arms, the North East and South East, along the shores is a considerable population engaged in farming and salmon fishing. The scenery of these arms is very beautiful. The fishing from Placentia is mostly carried on in large boats. It is a port of entry, and a post town, and is the packet station for the mail boat plying in Placentia Bay and for the Overland Western postal route. The Circuit Court holds a session here every autumn and a magistrate holds court daily. A fine road connects it with St. John's, from which it is distant 80 miles. Mail fortnightly. Population 400.
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|Rieley||Thomas of Garrett||fisherman|
|Rieley||Thomas of William||fisherman|
|Rieley||William of William||fisherman|
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