Deeds of properties held by Messers Albert Ball (Nottingham) Limited, estate agents,1896-1921

Scope and Content

The collection comprises:

  • Conveyance of land at Sedgley Park, Prestwich, Lancashire by Richard Fort to John Jones. Withplan. 1896 (MS 596/1).
  • Conveyance of land at Sedgley Park, Prestwich, Lancashire by William Burgess to Ernest Griffen.1905 (MS 596/2);
  • Mortgage of land at Sedgley Park by Ernest Griffen to the Refuge Assurance Company Limited. 1905(MS 596/3);
  • Conveyance of land at Sedgley Park, Prestwich, Lancashire by E.E. Griffen to Albert Ball. 1906(MS 596/4);
  • Conveyance of two plots of land at Radcliffe-On-Trent by Nottinghamshire County Council toMessers Albert Ball (Nottingham) Limited. With plan. 1921 (MS 596/5).

Administrative / Biographical History

The firm of Messers Albert Ball (Nottingham) Ltd, estate agents, first appears in tradedirectories for the town in 1905. It was set up by Albert Ball, a prosperous master plumber who hadexpanding his business into dealing in land and property. Interested in local affairs, he firstrepresented Nottingham Castle Ward as a Councillor and later became Lord Mayor. In 1905, Ball wasliving in the select Park district of Nottingham and his firm operated from offices at 9 Cheapside.

Ball and his business moved to a number of different, and more prestigious addresses during thefollowing years. By 1921, Ball had been knighted and the firm, Albert Ball (Nottingham) Limited, hadbecome a limited company with offices at 24, Wheeler Gate, Nottingham. In trade directories, thecompany began to be known as a valuer rather than a land and estate agency. Albert Ball disappearsfrom trade directories after 1941 although the business is still recorded in a 1951 edition.

Albert's four children included Albert Ball (1896-1917), a distinguished airman who flew for theRoyal Flying Corps during the First World War, died in action and was awarded the VictoriaCross.


The collection has been arranged chronologically.

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Custodial History

The deeds were acquired by the University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and SpecialCollections in October 1990.