Statistical Account or Parochial Survey of Ireland
The following is an extract from the "Statistical Account or Parochial Survey of Ireland – Parishes of Glenavy, Camlin & Tullyrusk" by the Rev. Edward Cupples.
Cherryvalley, the seat of John Armstrong, Esq. is situated in the town land of Ballymacreevan, on the left of the road leading from Lough Neagh to Crumlin from the latter of which it is distant about a quarter of a mile. It is a good house, having been altered and improved by the proprietor. The grounds are disposed with judgement, and ornamented with young planting.
The following is an extract from the "Ordnance Survey Memoirs of Ireland. Parishes of County Antrim VII 1832 – 1838". Thanks to The Institute of Irish Studies, The Queen’s University of Belfast for permission to use this extract.
Parish of Camlin
Cherry valley, the residence of Charles Armstrong Esquire, J.P., agent to the Honorable Colonel Pakenham, is a modern and gentleman – like 2- storey house, pleasantly situated in the town land of Ballymacrevan near the shore of Lough Neagh, and 1 and one-eighth miles west of Crumlin. It commands a tolerable (crossed out: beautiful) view of Lough Neagh and its distant shores. There is a good deal of planting and some old oaks (apparently natural timber) about the house.
At Cherry Valley are a few old oaks, evidently the remains of the natural woods. It is within memory of some old people since there (were) more evident vestiges of natural wood, and Boate, in his Natural history of Ireland, says, "There were in his time great forests in the county Antrim, particularly in Killultagh" (the manor in which this parish is included.
Cherry Valley, the residence of John Armstrong, Esquire…
John Armstrong, Cherry Valley
JOHN ARMSTRONG. Esq.
In memory of
Widow of General Stair Park Dalrymple.
Who departed this life Augt 1816.
ALSO IN MEMORY OF
CHARLES WILLIAM ARMSTRONG,
LATE OF CHERRY VALLEY ESQ. J.P.
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 8TH OF FEBRUARY 1858. IN THE
53rd YEAR OF HIS AGE.
Neighbours assist Mrs Alexander
The following is an extract from the Belfast Newsletter dated 9th March 1841 and is used with permission of the Belfast Newsletter.
Testimony of respect to Mrs. Alexander, of Crumlin. – On Monday the 22nd February, 26 ploughs, belonging to the gentry and farmers in the neighbourhood of Crumlin, assembled on the farm of Mrs Alexander, the widow of the late Rev. N Alexander, and ploughed, during the day nearly 20 acres in excellent style. This kind act was altogether voluntary, and expressive, in some degree, of the esteem with which this benevolent lady is regarded in the neighbourhood where she resides. The work was kindly superintended by James Whitla, Esq. J.P., Gobrana and Charles W. Armstrong, Esq. J.P. Cherryvalley. (N. Whig)