Church Street, Coleraine
As its name implies, Church Street in Coleraine contains the Parish Church of St. Patrick. The street runs eastwards from the Diamond towards Kingsgate Street which, as its name also implies, was the point where the King's Gate was located in the seventeenth century ramparts. The street is intersected by New Row and Park Street, formerly Rosemary Lane. Being part of the town of Coleraine, the street was located in the townland of Coleraine and Suburbs in the civil parish of Coleraine in the barony of North East Liberties.
The records listed in this example will allow you to see the range of sources that you would need to consult in order to find out who was living in a street in a provincial market town during the period 1816 to c. 1860. The map of 1845 shows Church Street and the adjoining streets within the town. Below are a selection of key sources that provides the evidence. The 1831 "Census" is the only source that shows who was actually living in Church Street in that year. However, to find out, exactly, where families lived we need to match the census numbering to the valuation numbering. I have included the later 1859 Valuation because it can be useful in working out the exact location of some 1831 houses - as well as showing how much change took place in properties between the 1830s and c.1860.
* See also Andrew Kane's excellent book: - The Town Book of Coleraine [ISBN: 978-1-906689-68-1] published 2016 by Impact Printing, Coleraine & Ballycastle. This book covers the entire tenements in the town leased from the Irish Society in 1816. A more colourful version of the Church Street drawings [with much moreadditional information] can be seen on pages 8 to 34 of Andrew's book.
Copyright 2018 W. Macafee.