1935 Northern Ireland General Revaluation

Before reading this paper you should be familiar with the Griffith's Revision Books c.1860-c.1930.

If you want to carry on looking for people and where they lived in a locality after 1930 then you will have to switch to the General Revaluation of Northern Ireland which was published in 1935 - producing the equivalent of a new Griffith's for that year.

This valuation is also held in PRONI under VAL/3/B but is not available online. There is a single book for a Rural District & an Urban District. I have no idea of what happens in Belfast or Derry - having never used them. Like Griffith's, revisions were carried out until c.1957. But this time the revisions are in one book - VAL/3/C. You can use the PRONI eCatalogue to find both the relevant VAL/3/B book and the VAL/3/C book that will contain the townland or street that you are researching. It is best to know the DED in which your townland or street was situated at that time. Parishes are no longer used in this valuation. Furthermore there were changes in some DEDs after 1921 when the new state of Northern Ireland was set up. If you do not know which DED - use the online 1901/1911 Census to search for your Townland's DED. and the Poor Law Union and Rural District in which it was situated.

The following search identified the VAL/3/B book for Swatragh DED where the townland of Gorteade was situated in 1935. I also carried out a similar search of the VAL/3/C book - see the Northern Ireland General Revaluations 1935-c.1970 [Townlands in Rural Areas: Gorteade] example.

The VAL/3/B search

produced this result

Clicking on View produced this. This will give you an idea of where to find Swatragh DED within the book.

Again there are accompanying maps VAL/3/A for the countryside and VAL/3/G for towns. A search for the VAL/3A* map produced this result.

Below is an example of a search of the VAL/3/B book for the town of Coleraine. Again, I did a similar search of the VAL/3/C book - see the Northern Ireland General Revaluations 1935-c.1970 [Streets in Urban Areas: Stone Row Upper, Coleraine] example.

produced this result

Note that the search also "brought out" the books for Coleraine Rural District but VAL/3/B/6/3 is the book that covers the streets in the town. Clearly, it is better to use the name of a town rather than guess how it will be described in the eCatalogue.

Unfortunately a search for VAL/3/G maps for Coleraine only produced this map which is at a scale of 6 inches to the mile and is in fact an index map.

This result is not typical for the rest of the towns and villages in the county. There are VAL/3/G maps available for the vast majority of towns and villages in the county covering the period 1935-c.1956. Often you will be able to find a location of a building using the same map that was used to locate properties in the Griffith's Valuation Revision Books.

There are further revaluations and revisions which will take you up to virtually the present day. In 1957 there was another General Revaluation [Copy of this Book, not available] followed by a Revision Book 1957-1972 [VAL/4/B] plus accompanying maps [VAL/4/A].

There is a further revaluation [VAL/14] which will take you up to 1993. Unfortunately this later revaluation drops the townland as an administrative unit, using road numbers instead which means a lot more work in finding the properties within a townland. No such problem exists with towns and cities - streets are still there. I suppose this document is evidence of the dominance of urban over rural by the later twentieth century.

For more details on this see the PRONI leaflet on Valuation Records

Copyright 2014 W. Macafee.