After the Browns of Burr Lane we come to the Ball family.
The old house was close to the factory, with its back to Burr Lane. Francis Ball lived in it.
“the death of Mr. Thomas Ball, J.P…. occurred on Monday evening at his lodgings in Albermarle-street, London. Mr. Ball was born in the neighbourhood of Nottingham, and was brought up in the staple manufacture of the town. In early life he bestowed much study upon the design and manufacture of lace, and in course of time he succeeded to a most lucrative business. He then went into partnership with Mr. Dunnicliffe, and the firm produced some elegant material in glove fabric, which was then a very profitable branch of local trade. On the dissolution of this partnership, Mr. Ball carried on the business for some time with his brother, but a few years afterwards he retired altogether from business.
“For some time Mr. Ball has been associated with the public business of the town, and has held office as town councillor, mayor, and magistrate. It was during his mayoralty in 1866 that the British Association visited Nottingham, and his hospitality and energy on that occasion were a credit alike to himself and the town. It was during this year, too, that Mr. Ball’s name was added to the Commission of the Peace.
“Mr. Ball was a considerable traveller. In 1875 he visited America, delivering on his return a very interesting lecture to the members of the Literary and Philosophical Society; and in the spring of 1877 he, in company with some friends, took a journey through Egypt. From this journey he returned home with his health greatly impaired, and it is feared that he then sowed the seeds of the disease which has terminated fatally.
“He was a director of Messrs. Moore and Robinson’s Bank in this town, of the Star Life Insurance Company, (and the Mercantile Steamship Company) and in these offices he showed considerable tact, judgment, and business capacity. Naturally of a suave and unassuming disposition, he sometimes evinced perhaps a certain amount of irresolution and indecision. His manners were those of a polished gentleman, and he enjoyed the esteem and friendship of a large circle of friends, by whom his death will be sincerely regretted”.Thomas’s body was brought back from London to Nottingham where he was buried at the General Cemetery, after a short and very simple service, in the same vault as that of his wife, on the hill side close under the cemetery chapel. Mrs. Baker (a misprint?) Matilda married widower James Alexander Barker, an Ilkeston butcher, in January 1841. She continued to live in Ilkeston until her death at 1 North Street in February 1889, aged 70. Alexander married Sarah Levers, daughter of Kensington framework knitter Richard and Hannah in April 1841, worked in the lace trade, whilst living at Kensington and then Anchor Row before moving to Nottingham in the 1850’s. Sarah died there in 1866, aged 45. Eight years later Alexander married dressmaker spinster Ellen Hopewell. Maria died in 1827, aged three years and nine months.
[column col="1/2"] At his funeral John was described as .... “a simple man -- simple in utterance and simple in habits. He loved his home, his garden and his flowers…. He loved the beautiful, the simple, the unaffected and children had much in common with him”. John was a J.P. for a time but “his leanings were not towards a public life, and the home and the factory provided a sphere in which his main interests were centred”. He was buried in Park Cemetery unlike many of his close relatives who were buried in the cemetery in Stanton Road. [/column] [column col="1/2"] John lies with his nephew, Charlesworth Bennett Wood and the latter's wife, Clara (nee Sutton); their son, Robert John Charlesworth Wood, and his wife, Marjorie Prew Smith. [/column]
Lizzie Ann married Dr. Wood. Youngest child Elizabeth Ann married Robert Wood, surgeon and doctor of the Market Place in April 1872.
By 1870 all three sons had been brought into the family business but five years later only youngest son John was left with an interest in it. The Ilkeston Pioneer noted in September 1875 that the partnership of W. Ball & Sons, lace manufacturer of Ilkeston and Nottingham, had been dissolved, as regards W. Ball junior and Thomas Ball.
“at this corner … we find a narrow ‘jitty’ known in the 18th century as the Gangway“, coming into Burr Lane. “This was possibly the forerunner of Albion Place.” (Edgar Waterhouse)
Here we find the Barker family.