Originally Posted by tabbey
Houses in towns were always valued more highly than in the countryside.
A house valued at £5 would be a substantial farmhouse, but only a small town house.
Valuation of buildings also includes outhouses and on farms barns and cowsheds could be a large part of the figure.
The Valuation Office usually have maps showing the lots within towns, but sometimes the relevant map cannot be found, or it has gone to the NAI.
Thank you for that information. That's good to know that there should be a map available. The owner of the £11 buildings had a house, office, yard and garden while the owner of the £5 buildings had a house, office and small garden so just mussing the yard. Another owner of buildings worth £3 5s. had the same description as the £11 buildings. Someone else had a house, office and yard at £2 so for a village that would have been a small house of two or three rooms?
Thanks for mentioning the outhouses. It reminded me that I should have checked the census. In 1901, the £11 house was a public house with 9 rooms and 13 windows at the front and 9 out-offices. It was ranked as a 1st class house. The 13 windows should help narrow it down if it's still there! My ancestor's house was a private dwelling with 6 rooms and 5 windows at the front and 4 out-offices. It was ranked as a 2nd class house. The other house was larger and a public house with more out-offices so that makes sense. Of course, the number of out-offices could have changed over the years. By 1901, the smallest sized house in the village had one room with the largest having 10 rooms.
Edit: Located the house using Google maps. It's about double the size of my ancestor's house so the valuation makes sense. Thanks!