From Lantern Shore to Bishop’s Cove
Over the years I have heard many different stories of how Bishop’s Cove got its name. The most prominent is that its first name was Bread and Cheese Cove. It was said the name bread and cheese originated from a flower called the toadflax. Please tell me how one could arrive at the name bread and cheese from toadflax.
Here’s my version of how the name Bishop’s Cove originated. This was passed down to me from my grandfather, George F. Barrett, who was born at Bishop’s Cove in 1871, and died there in 1962. I guess he learned it form his grandfather, Jacob Barrett who was born at Bishop’s Cove in 1805. The first name put on Bishop’s Cove was the Lantern Shore. The name was derived from the number of lanterns used to light the paths over the steep stage paths in the early hours of the morning.
In the early 1800s the Anglican Bishop used to come to the Lantern Shore from Nova Scotia. The most prominent place for a bishop to stay was at Uncle Sam Mudford’s. His home was situated on the east end of what is known as the scrape. The bishop arrived aboard a sailing schooner at Mr. Mugford’s wharf in the evening. His boat was tied to the wharf and the bishop went to stay with Mr. Mugford for the night. The next morning the Bishop had breakfast and walked to the church, a distance of about a mile.
Arriving at the church and meeting with the congregation he said he thought the community was too prosperous to be called Lantern Shore. He put the name Bread and Cheese Cove on it in the name of prosperity.
Around 1827 the people wanted to change the name again. But it wasn’t until 1842 that the name change came about. The people got together and decided to name their community Bishop’s Cove in recognition of the bishop who had named it Bread and Cheese Cove.
I am a ninth generation descendent of John Barrett, who was born in Poole, Dorset, England in 1680. He settled in Bishop’s Cove on or about 1705.
I believe this information, which was passed down to me from my forefathers to be factual.
I hope this is a little better explanation of how Bishop’s Cove got its name. Moses Barrett Spaniard’s Bay