Albert Ball (politician)

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Alderman Sir Albert Ball JP (1863–1946) was Mayor of Nottingham and Lord Mayor of Nottingham, and the father of the famous Great War air ace Captain Albert Ball, V.C., D.S.O.**, M.C.

Albert Ball started life as a plumber, and in 1896 was living at 301 Lenton Boulevard (now Castle Boulevard), Nottingham. By the end of the nineteenth century he had risen to become an estate agent, with an office in Nottingham and had moved to Sedgley House, 43 Lenton Avenue, The Park, Nottingham. He was a councillor for the Castle ward of the city and later appointed a justice of the peace.

In 1908 he purchased Bulwell Hall with 575 acres and mineral rights for £35,000 (equivalent to £3,353,644) [1]. In 1914 he retired as a director of the Austin Motor Company. In April 1919 he purchased Papplewick Hall for £136,410 (equivalent to £5,752,933 in 2016) [1]. In 1936 he also bought Upton Hall.

He was created a Knight Bachelor in 1924 and was Lord of the Manors of Bunny, Bradmore and Tollerton. In 1926 he built himself a new property, Stansted House, on Derby Road, Nottingham. He was Mayor of Nottingham in 1909, Alderman of Nottingham in 1929, and Lord Mayor of Nottingham in 1935. He died on 27 March 1946.

His portrait, by Noel Denholm Davis, in the collection of Nottingham City Museums and Galleries.[2]


He was the son of George Ball and Lois Attenborough. He married firstly Harriett Mary Page (1864–1931)[3] in 1886. The children from this marriage were:

  • Hilda Ball (16 August 1887 – 27 August 1887)
  • Lois Beatrice Ball (26 Feb 1892 – 1991) married in Nottingham on 2 March 1918 to Lieutenant G. Stafford Anderson[4]
  • Albert Ball (14 August 1896 – 7 May 1917)
  • Arthur Cyril Ball (1897 – 2 July 1958)

In 1933 he married Estelle Dannah[5] (b. 1905). He died aged 83 in Bournemouth.[6]


  1. ^ a b UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved November 6, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Albert Ball, JP, Mayor of Nottingham (1909–1910)". Your Paintings. BBC. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  3. ^ The Times, Saturday 13 Jun 1931
  4. ^ Flight International, Volume 10 (1919), Issue 1, page 264
  5. ^ The Times, Thursday 15 Jun 1933
  6. ^ The Times, Friday 29 Mar 1946