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The Tathams of County Durham
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These pages are a record of the Tatham family of County Durham. Most of the family migrated to the south of England from the mid 1700s onwards, and their north country origins were gradually forgotten. By the end of the 19th century there were Tathams all over the world - in Australia, Canada, Ceylon, China, India, New Zealand and USA, as well as the long established colony in South Africa.

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Meaburn Roden Tatham
A Last Farewell

St Andrew's Church, Great Ryburgh It is now more than two years since Roden Tatham left us, on 29 March 2013.
On Sunday, 6th October of that year, a beautiful autumn day, we laid his ashes to rest in a Norfolk country churchyard, at the parish of Great Ryburgh where he had been the patron since 1976. Roden loved Great Ryburgh, and its ancient round-towered church of St Andrew, and was generous in his support. Over the past two centuries the Tatham family has supplied five clergy to the benefice, and six patrons, of whom Roden was the last.
First a Choral Eucharist was celebrated in St Andrew's Church, with the Tomás Luis de Victoria Mass O quam gloriosum, performed by the I Musicanti singers. Then in a simple ceremony led by the Rector, we buried Roden's ashes in the Garden of Remembrance, newly laid out last year. A stone in Roden's memory marks the spot, close by the graves of other Tathams, including that of the first family patron of the Ryburgh parish, Meaburn Tatham (1784-1875), restored for this occasion.
Afterwards a lunch was kindly offered by the Churchwarden in her home, for the family members, the rector, the singers and the Ryburgh parishioners, gathered together to bid Roden Tatham farewell.

Tatham of the Week
Trevor John Tatham (1878-1952)

Tatham of the Week Trevor John Tatham was born in Cape Colony 139 years ago this week, the elder son of Alfred George Tatham, a prosperous London solicitor.

He trained as an architect, but in 1915 moved to Lee-on-Solent to teach at the Edinburgh House School. From then on he pursued careers as both a teacher and architect. Between 1921 and 1939 he designed many houses and commercial premises, becoming the most prolific architect in Lee. Trevor Tatham's buildings survive in considerable numbers within the the town's Conservation Area and make an important contribution to its special character.

In 1905 he married Ada Gee, a music teacher. They had a daughter Nina (d. 1997) and a son Henry (d. 2002), and at least five grandchildren.

At present we know little about Trevor and Ada's descendants, and would be grateful for any information.