The Townland Valuation of the 1830s was primarily a valuation of land. Initially, only buildings with an annual value of £3 or more were to be included. From 1838 this threshold was raised to £5. These criteria meant that most buildings in rural areas were excluded. However, because Co. Londonderry and North Antrim were valued in the early 1830s, and the £3 rather than the £5 restriction applied, some houses in townlands were included initially, only to be stroked out later. By contrast, many buildings in towns had an annual valuation in excess of £5 so there are usually lists of occupants' names in most of the streets in each town within both counties - read more.
In the table below you will find links to a selection of rural townlands drawn from different localities within North Antrim and Co. Londonderry. Here you can view copies of some of the pages from some of the [VAL/1/B] field books that list the buildings that met the criteria for valuation in each county. Note that the detailed information on the houses and other buildings is in code - read more. I have also included copies of the relevant 1833 maps which will show you the general location of settlements within each townland at that time. These are simply OS Maps and, in the case of Co. Antrim, do not contain the numbers used in the valuation books. However, you may be able to work out the location of particular houses by comparing the 1830s valuation with the later Griffith's [Tenement] Valuation of c.1860. Clicking on each townland name will take you to a copy of the relevant printed page from the Griffith's Valuation of c.1860 and there is also a copy of the accompanying valuation map for that time. If some of the maps are difficult to read you can go to the askaboutireland.ie website you will be able to see a copy of the 6 Inch Map that includes the townland you are studying. In most cases, because of the continuity of farms between c.1830 and c.1860 [despite the Famine], you should be able to find the house that was listed in the 1830s Valuation Book. You can then check the c.1860s' location with the 1830s OS Map. If this does not work, or you are still unsure about the 1830s location, then you will have to visit PRONI to look at the relevant VAL/1/A map.
It is also useful to compare the names in the 1830s Townland Valuation with those in the 1820s/30s Tithe Applotment Books [Tithe Records link in left hand menu] and, in the case of Co. Londonderry, the 1831 Census Returns.
Note that the headings [shown below] are missing from some of the copies of the pages in the tables below. Note that some of the pages may have additional sub-columns.
These four maps
should show you where the townlands below were located within North
Antrim - Some
Places in North Antrim -
and Civil Parishes of North Antrim - Townlands
in the Parishes of Ballymoney & Kilraghts - Townlands
in the Parish of Ballintoy.
Here I have included some examples of what is available in the 1830s Townland Valuation Field Books for a selection of townlands within the county. You may find names here that are not listed in the Tithe Books or the 1831 "Census" for the county.
The 1830s Townland Valuation is most useful in urban areas. In the table below you will find examples of pages from these valuation books, plus [with the exception of Ballymoney] accompanying large scale town maps for Ballymoney, Coleraine, Derry/Londonderry, Dungiven, Limavady and Magherafelt; plus databases of the persons listed in some of the streets in Ballymoney, Coleraine and Derry/Londonderry.
Copyright 2015 W.Macafee.