Manuscript Townland Valuation for the Townland of Craigs, Parish of
In 1836 the townland of Craigs was still part of the large Parish of Ahoghill which included the post 1840 parishes of Ahoghill, Craigs and Portglenone.
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. This is usually not the case in rural areas. The townland of Craigs was valued during the year 1836 and 13 properties were recorded. However 6 of these properties were rejected, but their details still remain in the document. These details are presented in code form. The code will tell you whether a dwelling house or an outbuiding [office] was 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.
Houses were given numbers which eventually appeared on the VAL/1/A Six Inch map. 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. I have added the numbers to a copy of the 1834 OS Map. These are the numbers in pencil shown on the page below. With the exception of No. 2, I am confident that the locations identified by the numbers on the map are correct. The links in the table immediately below will take you to the six pages that provide the detail on each of the properties. Note that each link will open in a separate window or tab. When each window or tab opens - click on the page and it should enlarge.
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