Townland Valuation (1835) for the townland of Lisbellanagroagh More, 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. Only one property in this townland was noted by the valuers in 1835. This was the dwelling house and outbuildings of John McMullen. There is also a John McMullen listed No. 1 in the later c.1860 Printed Valuation. The valuation of these buildings was only £1.50. Is this the same property? I think it is. Obviously the quality of the buildings has deteriorated over the 60 year gap. The code used in 1832 suggests that the buildings, even then were not that good. The accompanying c.1860 Valuation Map will show you the location of this house and holding and this can be matched to the houses shown on the c1833 OS map.

W. Macafee 2013.