The Ordnance Survey Memoirs are a uniquely detailed source for the history of the northern half of Ireland immediately before the Great Famine. They were written in the 1830s to accompany the 6" Ordnance Survey maps, but with one exception were not published at the time. In this new edition they act as a nineteenth-century Domesday book and are essential to the understanding of the cultural heritage of our communities. The Memoirs document the landscape and situation, buildings and antiquities, land-holdings and population, employment and livelihood of the parishes.
This volume contains the Memoirs for eight parishes and granges in north-east Antrim, paints a panoramic picture of the renowned Giant's Causeway and adjacent coastline, as well as detailing the towns of Ballymoney and Bushmills and the famous castle at Dunluce. The wealth of social, economic and historical information provides a unique insight into life in this fascinating area over 150 years ago