VAL/12/B Griffith's Revision pages for Charlotte Street, Ballymoney

 
VAL/12/B/4/3D [1884-1894] page 168

The BDM data suggests that some time around 1887 William John Frizzell arrived back in Ballymoney, from Scotland, with his wife Matilda and three children, Mary Ann, Rose and Jane. Sadly two of his children, David and Matilda had died in 1878 and 1882 in Greenock. It looks as if his first home in the town was in Charlotte Street where a son, William John was born on the 2nd April 1888. This Revision Book shows that he moved into a house near the corner of Charlotte Street and, what today, is known as Eastermeade Gardens.

The first point I want to make is about the colours used on this page. Red denotes the date 1884, blue 1885, a slightly different blue for 1886, green for 1887, a darker blue for 1890 and again a slightly different blue for 1892. Apart from the various shades of blue, the most difficult colour to work with is green. The copy of the page that you will look at on this website will show the green quite clearly. This is because I have enhanced it with a green biro. It is very difficult to read, or even see, the green writing on the original document. In fact I missed William John's name the first time I searched this book. It was only because I went back later having found him in the next book and I was sure he had to be living in the same house in this book. I found him after a search with a magnifying glass. So I have enhanced all of the green writing on this page.

Interestingly the green writing relates entirely to Nos. 9, 10 and 11. These numbers are the same numbers that the valuers were using in 1861 when the the street was first valued. If you wish to look at pages 15 and 16 [last two pages] of this PDF file you will find the names of the occupants of these houses at that time. You will find the name William Coffey prominent. Some 24 year later this Revision Book shows that there was considerable redevelopment going on here particularly in Nos. 10 and 11 - No. 9 was simply a garden.

Up until 1885 No. 11 was clearly the main property. Here we had a house, office, forge and garden valued at £7. There is a note in the bottom right-hand corner of the page which suggests the forge was at the back operated by Archibald McCarter who appears to have taken over the property in 1884 from Mary Hayes. However, McCarter's name is stroked out in 1885 and the forge seems to have closed. The garden in No. 9 appears to be part of No. 10 which collectively were valued at £1.15.0.

By 1887 when William John Frizzell moved in there were three houses where previously there had been two. Each new house was valued at £3.10.0. The 1901 Census information on houses [Form B1] shows that each of them had four rooms and two front windows, probably similar in size and appearance to 33 Union Street.

Note that the locations of houses Nos. 9, 10 & 11 can be seen on the VAL/12E c.1882 map of the street.


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