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Thrales End

  • Posted on: 26 September 2009
  • By: David Thrale

The Thrale family originated around the Hundred of Flitt in Bedfordshire and of its parishes Clophill, Barton, Gravenhurst (Upper & Lower). Higher Gobian and Pulloxhill are of special significance, but paramount is the parish of Luton with its manors of East and West Hyde which border on to the hamlet of Thrale's End. Thrales End is a little hamlet on the Bedfordshire / Hertfordshire border, north of Harpenden, four miles from Sandridge and five miles from St Albans.

This page also contains details of the earliest records for Thrales from 1309 until 1616.

Thralls of Nottingham

  • Posted on: 23 September 2009
  • By: David Thrale

There are also Thrale and Thrall families originating from Nottingham.

A new UK Thrall branch was added to the family tree in March 2016. The earliest Thrall on the branch of the tree is Roger Thrall born 1667. Please do let me know of any changes or additions.

It is not yet know how - or if - this branch of Nottingham Thralls are related to the Hertfordshire Thrale branch.


  • Posted on: 22 September 2009
  • By: David Thrale

Hester Thrale also inherited some family property in at Bodvel, North Wales (near Pwellhi). This included two churches. Little is known of this.

Broad Arrow

  • Posted on: 20 September 2009
  • By: David Thrale

Princess Elizabeth thanked the Thrale family for hiding and securing her escape at Nomansland from Queen Mary between 1556 and 1558. When Elizabeth became Queen she repaid the Thrale family by giving them the family arms and a broad arrow.


  • Posted on: 20 September 2009
  • By: David Thrale

There is something mythical - at least in my bit of the Thrale family - about Nomansland. Thrale family legend is that Nomansland in Sandridge really belongs to the Thrale family. However, the problem was proving this as the deeds proving Thrale ownership were lost. This is the story that my late father Kenneth Thrale told me as a child. Even today my Uncle Brian still recounts this injustice!