Survey Data

Reg No

41401826


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural, Social


Previous Name

Derryvalley School


Original Use

School


Date

1835 - 1840


Coordinates

269705, 321133


Date Recorded

29/04/2012


Date Updated

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Description

Detached five-bay two-storey former Presbyterian elementary school, built 1836, with external concrete steps to rear leading to middle of first floor. Now vacant. Hipped slate roof, with clay ridge tiles, and red brick chimneystacks, and retaining cast-iron rainwater brackets. Roughcast rendered walls, having rendered eaves course. Square-headed window openings with timber casement windows with overlights, boarded up to ground floor, having render reveals and sills. Windows to ground floor boarded up. Square-headed door openings throughout, with timber battened doors, that to stairway having overlight. Wrought-iron gate from north boundary wall to road. Located in grounds of Ballybay First Presbyterian Church, adjacent to graveyard to north of church with rear elevation facing road. Former Derryvally Presbyterian Church and graveyard to north-east.

Appraisal

Derryvalley school, built c.1800, would have been a social focal point in this area. It was presumably built around the same time as the building of Ballybay First Presyterian Church in 1796 or Derryvally Presbyterian Church in 1800. The school building forms a group with the church buildings. It was closed about 1970, having been amalgamated into the national school system along with other Presbyterian schools, at the end of the nineteenth century. Its somewhat unusual form is enhanced by the rather grand stairway to the rear. Its lack of symmetry, and its plainness, convey something of the independence of thought associated with the Presbyterian church.