Townland Valuation (1832) for the townland of Calheme, Parish of Ballymoney
[PRONI Ref. VAL/1B/142]

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 Ballymoney area was valued during the years 1832 to 1834 which means that quite a number of houses were recorded in each rural 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 c.1833 Ordnance Survey Map of the townland.  This map [when compared with the later c.1860 Valuation Map] might give you some idea of where some of these properties, listed below, were located within the townland. In Calheme only three properties were listed in 1832. One of them, No. 2, was not included in the final Valuation because it was well below the £5.00 threshold. Hence, the word "Out" opposite this property. Its exclusion led to the other two being renumbered in red. Unfortunately it would appear that these numbers do not correspond with the numbering in the later c.1860 Printed Valuation. I am fairly sure that No. 9 in the later c.1860 Printed Valuation is the house of the James McQuilkin listed in 1832 below. Whether or not the two James McQuilkin's is the same person is another question.

W. Macafee 2013.