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A New Thraliana

A chronicle of the Thrale family of Hertfordshire by Richard William Thrale, building on the Thrale chapter from the 1952 book Historic Sandridge.

The below review was printed in the Herts Advertiser soon after the publication of A New Thraliana in 1973.

A New Thraliana

A chronicle of the Thrale family of Hertfordshire by Richard William Thrale 1973

A New Thraliana is the title of a book that Richard Thrale, local historian and genealogist, of Sandridgebury, has written and prudently dedicated to his three children - Christopher, Lynn and Gregory. It is a chronicle of the Thrale family of Hertfordshire, published by Falconer Press, St Albans, price £1.50, for the wider enjoyment of all those who, like myself, could spend happy hours browsing over old family albums and enjoy the musty scent distilled by the fulsome details of old wills and bills. The author has called his book New Thraliana because it follows a very remarkable 18th-century book, written by an ancestor, Hester Lynch Thrale of Streatham, friend and patron of Samuel Johnson, and a very erudite person herself.
"Hester could not record what she did not know, and this New Thraliana attempts to rectify this omission in history by telling the tale of a yeoman Hertfordshire family and the people among whom they dwelt for centuries,"
… said Mr Thrale.

Mr Thrale's quest for family knowledge has gone on for 20 years and has meant much hard work, delving into all sorts of musty records, including those which can only be read in ultraviolet light, 6ft Latin documents, manorial rolls and wills. Like a thread through the story runs the interests of the Thrale family - victuallers to the monastery and Abbey of St Albans in 1552 and landlords of local inns in succeeding centuries, including …
"The Read Lyon over agaynst the Crosse, and the Peacocke."
The present St Albans Thrale business of restaurants and cake shops started in about 1898 when Norman Thrale's wife, Hannah, placed sweets in her parlour window for sale: these were soon sold and a business was born.

Says Mr Thrale:
The best epitaph for Hannah is to record that even three-quarters of a century after founding the business older local St Albans people still speak in happy terms of her.
The book is packed with facts about the Thrales, their joys and sorrows, successes and failures, strange hobbies and squabbles with formidable landlords - including Sarah Duchess of Marlborough. B.C.

ISBN 0 9503994 0 X pp. 136; illus., general. tables, ports. 22 cm.

Other publications called 'Thraliana'

Title Published Cover Description
Thraliana 1951 Thraliana Cover The 1776-1818 diary of Hester Thrale née Salusbury
A New Thraliana 1973 A New Thraliana Cover Family history of the English Thrale family by Richard William Thrale, building on Thrale sections from the 1952 book Historic Sandridge
A Newer Thraliana 2005 A Newer Thraliana Cover The most comprehensive & updated family history of the Thrale family by Richard William Thrale

Owner of originalHerts Advertiser
File namea_new_thraliana_front_cover.png
File Size282.85k
Dimensions436 x 640
Linked toSandridge, Hertfordshire, England; Sandridgebury, Sandridge, Hertfordshire, England; Hannah Maria Green; Hester Lynch Salusbury; Ernest Norman Thrale; Richard William Thrale (Publication)

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