Thrale/Thrall history

Waterend House, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England

Waterend House, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England


Tree: UK Thrale family


Water End, Wheathampstead, on the north bank of the Lea, about a mile southwest of Ayot St. Peter, is a fine old brick mansion. Likely built by Sir John Jennings a well-to-do Hertfordshire land owner in about 1610.

Richard and Sarah Jenyns

On his death, Richard Jenyns inherited the properties. He was born on the 5th of June, 1660. Sarah Jenyns, was baptised in the Abbey of St. Albans on the 17th of the same month. Sarah Jenyns spent much of her time at Waterend, but in 1673, the pretty and self-willed girl left Hertfordshire to go to Court in London.

Two years later she met and fell in love with Colonel John Churchill, who became First Duke of Marlborough and Queen Anne's great General.

Despite a very substantial income of £4,000 a year, the family fortunes faltered severely and Richard Jenyns died insolvent in 1667.

Sarah Jenyns, as Duchess of Marlborough, became Queen Anne's favourite and close confidant and held great influence at Court. Though much travelled in later years, she always had great affection for the area of her birth and often returned - then living in Holywell House, St Albans.

A chronicler of that time noted of Holywell that…
She never ceased to praise its air.
She died an irascible 85.

There are two places known as Waterend that are located 6 miles apart and are sometimes confused:

Address : Latitude: 51.805853127049375, Longitude: -0.25882244110107416


Matches 1 to 1 of 1

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Birth    Person ID   Tree 
1 Wilshire, John  Bef 27 Dec 1804Waterend House, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England I322 UK Thrale family