Towns & Villages in Herts


Adjacent Parishes:  Aspenden, Buckland, Cottered, Layston, Sandon, Wyddial

It is in Edwinstree Hundred  and the Buntingford Union

THROCKING (2 miles N.W. from Buntingford Station G.E.R.) stands on a hill. The church is Early English and Decorated, except the upper part of the tower, of brick, added in 1660. The monuments include one by Nillekens and one by Rysbrack, to members of the Elwes family, of whose manor house there are still some traces adjacent to Hall Farm. The walk N.W. to Baldock, by way of Julians Park (7 to 8 miles) leads across open, breezy country.

Hertfordshire Little Guide 1903

Book: Layston parish memorandum book

Poem: Lines on Visiting Throcking Wood

If you know of other books, websites, etc, relating to this place, please tell me.


Steve (stephen.barnes600 @t writes: I am researching the Smith / Bromley family history, they lived at Throcking Hall, in the village of Throcking in the 1900s and I am trying to find any information or a photograph of the building as I now believe it has been demolished.  - The Victoria County History for Hertfordshire (1914) gives a detailed history or the manor and mentions that there was a mansion-house on the manor in 1549, which was demolished in 1774. However it goes on to say that the modern house known as Throcking Hall or Hall Farm stands a little to the East of the foundations of the older house. Kelly's Directory for Hertfordshire in both 1890 and 1912 states "There was formerly a mansion standing here, built by Robert Elwes, in whose family the greater part of this parish was then vested, but in consequence of some family disagreements it was pulled down by his eldest son and immediate successor; a great portion of the extensive and massive foundations still remain adjoining the Hall Farm, the property of Mr George Coleman." Neither of the surnames you mentioned appear in the entries for 1890, 1912, 1922 or 1933. Throcking Hall is named in recent Hertfordshire Atlases - and may well be the "modern" building referred to in 1914, and you may have been confused with the story of the earlier house being demolished. If the current Hall is the one you are interested in you could try contacting the current occupants. If not HALS may be able to advise whether they had an pictures.


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