Townland Valuation (1835) for the townland of Araboy, Parish of Ballintoy
Although the townland valuation was primarily concerned with the agricultural value of land, it also included details on houses valued at £3 or over (in 1838 this was raised to £5 or over). In the rural areas the names of only a few householders were given, and these tended to be of the gentry or the more substantial tenant farmers. In towns, however, many more houses were substantial enough to reach the valuation, with the result that a large number of the names of householders are recorded. Fortunately much of the Ballintoy area was valued during the year 1835 which means that quite a number of houses were recorded in each townland. The valuation lists the dwelling house and outbuildings and, using a code, tells you whether they were thatched or slated, what the walls were made of, and the general condition of each building. It is also gives you measurements for each buildings - length, breadth and height. Click here for a copy of the code used by the valuers and click here to see a copy of the 1833 Ordnance Survey Map of the townland. There were no dwelling houses in this townland that reached even the lower £3.00 threshold . Only the Presbyterian Meeting House [Croaghmore Presbyterian Church] which was actually situated in Araboy met the standard. Both the church and the Session House were slated and the code suggestas that the Session House was built more recently. The location of the church can be seen on both the 1833 map and the later c.1860 map.
W. Macafee 2013.