Printed Valuation c.1860
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 the townland of Gorteade near the village of Upperlands in South Derry [see map]. At that time Gorteade was part of the Electoral Division of Swatragh in the Poor Law Union of Magherafelt [see map] and part of the Parish of Maghera in the Barony of Loughinsholin [see map].
Below is a copy of parts of pages 114 & 115 from the Griffith’s [Tenement] Valuation Book [2nd March 1859] for Magherafelt Poor Law Union. This printed edition was produced from the manuscript field books created by the valuers who surveyed the townland in November 1856. Click here to view the pages in the valuers' field book. Note that the sheet numbers of the relevant OS Maps [32 & 33] for the townland are also given under the name of the townland in column 2. You will, of course, want the valuation version of these maps - see later.
you can see the page is divided into columns. The numbers and letters
in the first column, on the left, are used to identify holdings and
houses on the six inch maps which accompany the Printed Valuation. Where
a person or persons have a holding which is one continuous plot of land
it is identified by a number only, e.g. number 1, occupied by Michael
McGowan. Where a holding consists of a number of plots of land separated
from each other within the townland, each plot is identified by a capital
letter, e.g. 6A & 6B and 9A & 9B, the holdings of Hugh Lafferty
and Patrick Kane respectively. Note, however, that Patrick Kane does
not live on either 9A or 9B. In fact he lived on plot 10B in a house
marked a. On the same plot of land was a Bernard Kane who lived in a
house marked b. Note that where there is more than one house on a plot
of land a lower case letter is used to identify each house. Another
example of this on the map is 7a & 7b, the houses of Patrick McMaster,
senior and junior. Unfortunately at times, it can be very difficult,
if not impossible, to identify lower case letters on the accompanying
valuation map. Another point worth making is that Patrick and Bernard
Kane shared the two plots of land 10A and 10 B and both of them lived
in separate houses on 10B. Patrick also held 9A and 9B on his own and
Bernard held 11 on his own. Plots of land 12A, 12B & 12C make up
a farm occupied by a John Kane. Another Kane family, that of Archibald
Kane sen. occupied No. 14 and Anthony Kane No. 13 and Archibald Kane
Jun. No. 8. Clearly Archibald Kane Jun. did not live on No. 8. William
Hannay, a cottier [i.e. renting his house from a farmer] lived on No.
8. Holdings 6 to 14 are the subject of a more intensive study in the
Valuation Revision Book example. Here you will find out more about the
An alternative map is the later VAL/12/D series, part of which, is shown below. This map dates from around the 1870s and because there was little change in the layout of holdings between 1859 and 1870, the numbers on this map match the numbers in the 1859 Printed Valuation. You can see the plots of land 6A, 6B, 9A and 9B more clearly. Also, the houses 7a, 7b, 8a, 10Ba and 10Bb are visible on this map.
Nowadays I would use the maps on the askaboutireland.ie website. Both the pages from the Printed Valuation and the accompanying valuation maps for every townland in Ireland are now available online [free] at this website. Note that the maps [powered by Google] are of good quality - much clearer then the above map. Because of copyright, I cannot show a copy of this map here. Go to www.askaboutireland.ie/griffith-valuation/index.xml and see for yourself. However, there can be problems with these maps. In some cases the numbers on the map do not match the numbers in the printed valuation and in Co. Antrim there is a great chunk of Mid Antrim where the Google maps only contain some of the the Griffith's numbers. For more information on this read and the askaboutireland site - read more.
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 can learn how to "follow" the
changes that took place between c.1860 and 1929 in Gorteade in the Revision
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