Ballymather Upper Townland, Killead

Freehold Registration

The following extract is from the Belfast Newsletter dated Tuesday 29th September, 1829 and is reproduced with permission of the Belfast News Letter.

County of Antrim

List of persons applying to Register their Freeholds at the next General Quarter Session of the Peace, to be held at Antrim, for the Division of Ballymena, pursuant to the Act of 10th George the Fourth, Cap.8, entered by the Clerk of the Peace.

No: 62

Name and Residence of Applicant: William Alexander, Ballymather
Description of Freehold: Houses and lands, Ballymather
Yearly Value to be registered: £10

No: 63

Name and Residence of Applicant: Arthur Alexander, Ballymather
Description of Freehold: Houses and lands, Ballymather
Yearly Value to be registered: £10

No: 64

Name and Residence of Applicant: Alex. Crawford, Ballymather
Description of Freehold: Houses and lands, Ballymather
Yearly Value to be registered: £10

Ordnance Survey Memoirs

The following are extracts from “Ordnance Survey Memoirs of Ireland – Parishes of County Antrim XIII 1833, 1835,1838”. Thanks to The Institute of Irish Studies, The Queen’s University of Belfast for permission to use this extract.

Print works.

The print works for the printing of calico, the property of Messrs Hunter and Elgee, are situated in the townland of Ballymather and on the Clady water. it was established about 25 years ago. Its erection cost altogether about 3000 pounds. It at present affords employment to 50 hands, but it is now a less extensive scale than formerly. The machinery is propelled by a main breast water wheel 16 feet in diameter and 4 feet broad. The fall of water is 8 feet.

There is not any obstruction to the erection of machinery in this parish.

Machinery: Cotton works.

The machinery of Hunter and Algee are print works for printing cotton, situated in the townland of Ballymeather and established 25 years ago, and cost 3000 pounds in the whole establishment, and gives employment to 50 hands at present, but the trade has been on the decline for the last 18 months. Goods manufactured chiefly for the Manchester packet.

The power wheel is 16 feet in diameter by 4 feet broad at buckets, a breast wheel with 14 feet of a fall. 4 single wash wheels and 1 double one, each 8 feet in diameter by 3 and a half broad, in good repair. part of the house 2-storeys high, slated and can work all seasons.

Seceders’ Meeting House

The Seceders’ meeting house is a plain, neat and substantial building of an oblong square form, measuring internally 45 by 39 feet. It is situated in the townland of Ballymather near the east centre of the parish. It is suitably fitted up internally and contains 56 pews, capable of accommodating 336 persons. It was erected by subscription in 1830 and cost 500 pounds. It is in very good repair.

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