thrale & thrall family history

Grosvenor Square, Middlesex, England


Tree: UK Thrale family


Henry Thrale and Hester Thrale lived at 1 Grosvenor Square from January 1781 to March 1789. They wanted to distance themselves from the brewery and live in a more fashionable area of London. It was here that Henry Thrale died on 4 April 1781.

Initially, Henry wanted to rent Prime Minister Lord Shelburne’s house in Berkeley Square, known as Lansdowne House. Instead they rented 1 Grosvenor Square (from Sir Richard Heron MP, Chief Secretary for Ireland).Hester wrote in Thraliana on 26 January 1781 …
Mr. Thrale and I settled upon 1 Grosvenor Square, which we took furnished from Sir Richard Heron at a cost of 11 Guineas a week and came to it yesterday.
… and again on 29 January 1781 she wrote …
So we are to spend this Winter in Grosvenor Square; my master has taken a ready furnished Lodging house there, and we go in tomorrow: He frightened me cruelly a while ago, he would have Lady Shelburne’s House—one of the finest in London: he would buy, he would build, he would give 20, 30 Guineas a Week for a House.
… and again on 1 February 1781 she wrote …
We are at last settled in a ready furnished House Grosvenor Square for the three following months.
The Thrale home in Grosvenor Square was a large and elegant townhouse. It had a number of grand features, including a large ballroom, a library, and a music room. Hester’s joy was muted by worries about her husband and the future of the brewery. It was, however, much easier to see her friends. Their children went with them and the garden at Grosvenor Square was more fun for her daughters Cecilia and Harriett to play in than ‘Palmyra’[^2] - the garden the Thrales had constructed out of rubble at Brewery House on the far side of Deadman’s Place.

At that time Henry Thrale was the sole businessman residing in Grosvenor Square. The others were all from the aristocracy and ruling class, including:

The Thrales moved out of the house in March 1789 after Hester Lynch Thrale remarried. They sold their furniture.

The house was demolished 90-years later in 1879. Today, the site is occupied by a modern office building.

Location : Latitude: 51.5121093, Longitude: -0.1516451


Matches 1 to 1 of 1

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Death    Person ID   Tree 
1 Thrale, Henry M.P.  4 Apr 1781Grosvenor Square, Middlesex, England I83 UK Thrale family 


Matches 1 to 1 of 1

   Family    Residence    Family ID   Tree 
1 Thrale / Salusbury  From January 1781 - March 1789Grosvenor Square, Middlesex, England F46 UK Thrale family