Ballyhanedin

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Ballyhanedin
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 • Derivation: Unknown
Ballyhanedin is located in Northern Ireland
Ballyhanedin
Ballyhanedin
Ballyhanedin shown within Northern Ireland
Coordinates: 54°54′18″N 7°03′00″W / 54.905°N 7.050°W / 54.905; -7.050Coordinates: 54°54′18″N 7°03′00″W / 54.905°N 7.050°W / 54.905; -7.050
Country Northern Ireland
County Londonderry
Barony Tirkeeran
Civil parish Banagher
Plantation grant Fishmongers
Government
 • Council Derry and Strabane Council
Area[1]
 • Total 420.36 ha (1,038.72 acres)

Ballyhanedin is a townland in the civil parish of Banagher in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. It is located a 3km from the village of Feeny,[2][3] and is situated within Causeway Coast and Glens district.

It lies on the A6 Belfast to Derry road.[4] Although it is only a townland, Ballyhanedin has a boundary sign which shows where it begins.[5]

History

The townland was settled in the seventeenth century by the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers of the City of London. A report in the Company's archives reports a deputation which surveyed its Estates in 1820:[6]

The Court of the Fishmongers' Company decided to build two new Presbyterian Church meeting houses in the Classical Greek style, with dressings of Dungiven sandstone. The Court voted £2,200 for the building at Banagher, which was constructed over three years and opened in 1834.[6]

An Ordnance Survey memoir of Banagher from the 1830s, says that the new meeting house was:[6]

Griffith's valuation of Ireland, completed in 1864, shows some thirty tenements in Ballyhanedin, including one occupied by the Reverend Robert Rogers. The other surnames of those then occupying property in the township were Allen, Brazil, Christie, Cole, Connor, Dogherty, Duddy, Evans, Hewston, Lyons, McClusky, McKeever, McLenihan, McLoughlin, Monteith, Mulfawl, Nutt, Rosborough (eight tenements), Sherrard, Simpson, Walker and Williams.[7]

Present day

Much of the townland is rural. Photographs of this area some miles out of Feeny are online at geograph.org.uk and include a windswept hill to the north of the junction of Ballyhanedin Road and Glenshane Road.[2][8] Some of the fields have substantial drum-shaped stone gateposts, which are common in Northern Ireland.[5]

As part of the Munreery Climbing Lane road scheme, completed in 2005 to improve the A6 Glenshane Road west of Dungiven, the former 'Bennett junction' at the Ballyhanedin crossroads, which dated from the 1960s, was replaced by a 'ghost island' layout.[4]

Notes

  1. ^ Northern Ireland Environment Agency. "NIEA Map Viewer". Archived from the original on 24 November 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2012.
  2. ^ a b C6106 : Ballyhanedin Townland 3 km from Feeny, Ireland online at geograph.org.uk (accessed 3 March 2008)
  3. ^ Banagher, Derry: Townlands or streets at ireland.com/ancestor/fuses/townlands (accessed 3 March 2008)
  4. ^ a b The Munreery Climbing Lane[permanent dead link] online at roadimprovements.roadsni.gov.uk (accessed 3 March 2008)
  5. ^ a b C5711 View south-east from Ballyhanedin 5 km from Claudy, Ireland, showing Ballyhanedin sign and drum gateposts, online at geograph.org.uk (accessed 3 March 2008)
  6. ^ a b c Banagher Presbyterian online at historyfromheadstones.com (accessed 3 March 2008)
  7. ^ Griffith's valuation of Ireland for Banagher, County Derry, online at failteromhat.com (accessed 3 March 2008)
  8. ^ C6006 Ballyhanedin Townland 4 km from Feeny, Ireland online at geograph.org.uk (accessed 3 March 2008)
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