Albert Bull’s funeral cortège, 1912

Albert Bull died at the age of 67, a prominent local figure with a lively interest in local affairs, becoming Chairman of the Ventnor District Council. He had been born in 1845, the son of William and Peggy Bull who lived at Rock Cottage on Belgrave Road. He started his working career assisting in his father’s business on the Esplanade, but soon moved to London to work with Spicer Bros, who were paper merchants. He later joined the staff of Messrs Richardson, London auctioneers.

He returned to Ventnor in 1886 and took over the local auctioneer and estate agency business that had been begun by his brother back in 1850. In this capacity, he became agent for the Hambrough and Evans estates and the firm expanded to run offices in Sandown, Shanklin and Totland.

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