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
Brian Charles Molony (1892-1963)

Tatham of the Week Brian Molony was born on 25 Oct 1892 in East Molesey, at St Paul's Vicarage. His father was a clergyman, as were both his grandfathers as well as his future father-in-law.

After school at Rugby, he went on to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he won first class honours in mathematics. He went straight into the First World War as an infantry officer, and served in France with the Hertfordshire Regt., twice mentioned in despatches. After the war he was ordained, and returned to Rugby to teach, soon becoming a housemaster alongside his first cousin Allen Tatham.

In 1935 he was appointed headmaster of Worksop College, where he stayed for 17 years. He is still remembered today as 'a wonderfully kind, understanding man but a strict disciplinarian. In short, a fine Headmaster.'

After retiring from Worksop, Canon Molony served for 7 years as a country clergyman at Easton, Hampshire. He died at his home in Winchester 53 years ago this week, on 17 Oct 1963.