Streatham, St Leonards Church

Penelope Thrale

  • Posted on: 21 September 2009
  • By: David Thrale

Born at 1pm on 15 September 1772. Penelope was born with a blackened face and unable to breathe properly. She survived just 10 hours, and died just before midnight the same day.

It was said that Mrs. Thrale had driven herself to total exhaustion during her previous pregnancy and had not recovered by the time Penelope was born.

Penelope was buried in St. Leonard's Church, Streatham without any monument.

Thrale family burial vault

  • Posted on: 16 September 2009
  • By: David Thrale

St Leonards Church, Streatham, was the church attended by descendants of Ralph Thrale during the time that they lived at Streatham Park. The Thrale family vault was under the south aisle of the church and the covering slab is still there. However, the family remains were removed to the new catacomb at the time of the rebuilding of the church in 1831-2. The remains are still there and were respectfully filmed by the BBC in 2001.