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Landlords and Tenants in Mid-Victorian Ireland$

W. E. Vaughan

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198203568

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203568.001.0001

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(p.268) (p.269) Appendix 15 Counties Ranked According to Quality of their Rural Housing in 1851 and 1881

(p.268) (p.269) Appendix 15 Counties Ranked According to Quality of their Rural Housing in 1851 and 1881

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Landlords and Tenants in Mid-Victorian Ireland
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Oxford University Press

The counties are ranked according to the percentages of their houses that were second and fourth class in 1851 and 1881, to the number of rooms per house, and to the increase in second-class houses between 1851 and 1881; the counties with the highest percentage of second-class houses, the lowest percentage of fourth-class houses, the most rooms per house, and the biggest increase in the number of second-class houses are ranked first. The provinces are ranked from first to fourth, in the same way.

Civic areas, that is towns with 2,000 and more inhabitants, are excluded; the number of rooms was calculated by assuming that fourth-class houses had one room, third-class houses had three rooms, second-class had 7.5 rooms, and first-class fifteen rooms; the increase in second-class houses between 1851 and 1881 was measured by comparing their percentages in 1851 and 1881.

On the limitations of housing statistics as a measure of wealth see Alan Gailey, ‘Changes in Irish rural housing, 1600–1900’, in Patrick O’Flanagan, Paul Ferguson, Kevin Whelan (eds.), Rural Ireland, 1600–1900: Modernization and Change (Cork, 1987), 86–103.

Counties

Second-class houses

Fourth-class houses

Rooms per houses

Increase of second-class houses

 

1851

1881

1851

1881

1851

1881

 

PROVINCE OF LEINSTER

Carlow

6 =

4 =

17

13 =

6 =

5 =

23

Dublin

3

4 =

6

7 =

1

1

28

Kildare

21 =

24 =

22 =

28 =

16 =

17 =

18

Kilkenny

4 =

3

8 =

13 =

4 =

3 =

24

King’s

14 =

15 =

14 =

13 =

11 =

11 =

17

Longford

14 =

11 =

14 =

21 =

16 =

17 =

15

Louth

25 =

24 =

19 =

21 =

22 =

23 =

9

Meath

27

28 =

29 =

30

25 =

25

10 =

Queen’s

20

21 =

19 =

13 =

20 =

11 =

12

Westmeath

16 =

15 =

18

21 =

14 =

11 =

14

Wexford

8 =

9 =

8 =

13 =

6 =

5 =

26 =

Wicklow

2

1 =

8 =

7 =

2 =

2

26 =

PROVINCE OF MUNSTER

Clare

21 =

11 =

22 =

13 =

22 =

20 =

4

Cork

19

18 =

28

25 =

20 =

14 =

13

Kerry

31

31

32

32

31 =

31

2

Limerick

2.5 =

23

31

31

27 =

26

6

Tipperary

18

9 =

25 =

25 =

18 =

9 =

10 =

Waterford

10 =

7

8 =

7 =

6 =

7

21

PROVINCE OF ULSTER

Antrim

4 =

8

1 =

1

4 =

8

29

Armagh

13

11 =

7

7 =

14 =

14 =

19 =

Cavan

16 =

18 =

14 =

13 =

18 =

20 =

16

Donegal

24

30

8 =

7 =

22 =

28 =

19 =

Down

1

1 =

1 =

2 =

2 =

3 =

31 =

Fermanagh

8 =

6

8 =

5 =

11 =

9 =

22

Londonderry

6 =

15 =

3

2 =

9

14 =

31 =

Monaghan

12

11 =

5

5 =

11 =

17 =

25

Tyrone

10 =

21 =

4

2 =

10

20 =

30

PROVINCE OF CONNACHT

Galway

29 =

28 =

27

28 =

29 =

28 =

3

Leitrim

23

18 =

19 =

7 =

25 =

23 =

5

Mayo

32.

32

29 =

25 =

31 =

32

7 =

Roscommon

29 =

26

22 =

13 =

27 =

27

1

Sligo

28

27

25 =

21

29 =

28 =

7 =

SUMMARY BY PROVINCES

Leinster

2

1 =

2

2 =

1 =

1

4

Munster

3

3

4

4

3

3

2

Ulster

1

1 =

1

1

1 =

2

3

Connacht

4

4

3

2 =

4

4

1

Sources: Census Ire., 1851, General Report, p. 625 [2134], HC 1856, xxxi. 769; Census Ire., 1881, General Report [C 3365], HC 1882, lxxvi. 385; Ibid., vol. i, Province of Leinster [C 3042], HC 1881, xvii. 1; vol. ii, Province of Munster [C 3148], HC 1882, lxxvii. 1; vol. iii, Province of Ulster [C 3204], HC 1882, lxxviii. 1; vol. iv, Province of Connacht [C 3268], HC 1882, lxxix. 1.