of the Diamond in Magherafelt 1859
the Diamond in Magherafelt consisted of modern day Market Street
plus parts of Rainey Street and Queen Street. The Griffith's
Printed Valuation listed 34 properties in the Diamond in 1859.
I have shown these properties in red
on the map below. You will see that No. 1 was the Market House
which was located opposite Broad Street. Today this space is
occupied by a roundabout. Building No. 2 was at the corner of
Broad Street and present day Rainey Street. Nos. 3 and 4 continued
down towards Rainey Street as far as the entry shown in on the
map No. 5 was across the street and Nos. 6, 7 and 8 were in
modern day Queens Street [formerly Moneymore Pass Street]. No.
9 was on the other side of Queen Street and No. 10 was at the
corner with modern day Market Street. The numbers then ran up
that side of Market Street as far as 23. No. 24 was on the opposite
side of the street and the numbers continued down to No. 34
at the corner of Broad Street. Note that the numbers in front
of each building in the street are numbers assigned by the valuers
later in the nineteenth century to replace the numbers that
they had assigned to properties in 1859. Have
a look at these photos which show what was there in 2007
but the buildings [obvously modernised] are located on the same
sites as they were in 1859.
Copyright 2009 W.Macafee.