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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
Charles Meaburn Tatham (1828-1924)

Tatham of the Week Charles Meaburn Tatham was born in Bloomsbury 189 years ago, on St Matthew's Day, Sunday 21st September, at 9 o'clock in the morning. Known as "Pubsey" in the family, he was the eldest son of Meaburn Tatham, a solicitor from Co. Durham. Educated, as many other Tathams, at Highgate School and St John's College, Cambridge, he also spent two years at Sedbergh in Yorkshire, and described his schooldays there in his Recollections. He became a barrister, and later a director of the City of London Real Property Company, of which has father had been one of the founders.
His wife was Elizabeth Collingridge, only daughter of a wealthy coachbuilder. They were married for 62 years, celebrating their diamond wedding on 20 Jul 1913.
Pubsey was generous with his money and time, supporting charitable causes and serving on the Committee of King's College Hospital. He retired to a fine seaside house at Torquay, Cary Castle, later transformed into an Anglican convent by his daughter Jessie.
It's a pleasure to think that Pubsey, born in 1828, was fondly remembered until recently by his great-grandson Roden Tatham, who died in Mar 2013 in his 97th year. There's a photo of them together in 1916. What a splendid living link to our Tatham ancestry!