Townland Valuation (1835) for the townland of Drumnagessan, 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. This map [when compared with the later c.1860 Valuation Map] will show you where the property listed below was located within the townland. Being a gentleman's house with gardens it is clearly visible on both maps. Note that the house was being refurbished/rebuilt around the time of the later c.1860 Valuation.
W. Macafee 2013.