Using Griffith's Printed Valuation c.1860
[Streets in Towns: Church Street, Coleraine]

The purpose of this paper is to provide some guidance on how to read the pages in the printed Griffith's Valuation Books and link this information to the accompanying valuation maps. This paper concentrates on streets in town. Note that if you are searching the Griffith's Valuation on the website, there are no large scale town maps on that site.

The maps for towns are much larger in scale than the Six Inch maps which cover the countryside. The scales are usually around 48 to 60 inches to the mile. Again some are in better condition than others. The map of part of Coleraine [VAL/2/D/5/15 below], along with the map for the City of Derry/Londonderry, are probably the worst for the county. Those for Dungiven, Limavady and Magherafelt are much better. The map below shows the properties in Church Street, Coleraine c.1859.

As you can see each building has a number which matches the number in the printed valuation. The printed pages for towns have exactly the same layout as those for townlands but obviously the amount of land associated with houses will be much less. In many cases the land associated with a house was described as a yard or small garden and no measurement was given unless it was approaching a rood [40 perches] or more in size as the page [on the next page] for Church Street in Coleraine shows. Towns were valued within the particular townlands that the town, as a whole, occupied. Many of the occupants of houses in towns had land in the townlands surrounding the town. Furthermore, if a street lay partly in one townland and partly in another then the two parts of the street will be in different pages in the valuation book. It is also worth pointing out that there are normally more instances in towns where the person listed as the occupier of the property did not actually live there.

Below is a copy of part of page 190 from the Griffith’s [Tenement] Valuation Book [18th Sept. 1861] for Coleraine Poor Law Union.

Note that the names in the page above can be matched to the 1856 Slater's Directory for Coleraine.

These maps and lists of occupiers in both townlands and streets provide a starting point for the "mapping" of changes to each property from c.1860 to c.1930. This is made possible by the Griffith's Revision Books and the 1901 and 1911 census. You might find these early twentieth century photos of the street useful when you are looking at the PowerPoint on the Griffith's Revision Books. Note that the numbering on these photos refer to the period when the valuers were using odd and even numbers.

Also I have included a “Table” [kind of database] which summarises the changes in each property in Church Street from c.1860 to the 1960s. You can take any property within the table and follow it through a century or so of time – checking my data against the actual Revision pages which you can access online. For those of you who are beginners it should help you to be come more familiar with reading the pages of the Revision Books. The “Table” is available in Excel or PDF formats.

Copyright 2015 W. Macafee.