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The Tathams of County Durham
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William Tatham (1834-1876)
William Tatham (1834-1876)
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 Heathcote Tatham (1772-1841)

Tatham of the Week Charles Heathcote Tatham was born in London 246 years ago. After a sound grammar school education, he spent two frustrating years in offices in London. At last his exceptional artistic talents were noticed by the architect Henry Holland, who took him on as a trainee, and then agreed to sponsor a long period of study in Italy. Upon his return in 1796, Charles was able to set up in practice as an architect and designer on his own account.
Though not now so widely known, Charles Tatham was remarkably influential in his day. It was he who introduced to England the severe neo-classical style so characteristic of the early 19th century. Some examples of his designs can be seen at the website of the V&A museum.
By 1834 his practice had declined and he was in financial difficulties. Fortunately his friends secured for him the post of Warden of Greenwich Hospital, where he has able to enjoy his remaining years.
Charles Heathcote Tatham has an impressive number of descendants. He is the ancestor of well over half the Durham Tathams alive today, including nearly all those in South Africa.