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
Lawrence John Tatham (1883-1961)

Tatham of the Week Lawrence John Tatham was born on 15 Dec 1883 at the Hereford Cathedral School, where his father was headmaster. Six years later his father retired from teaching to become a country clergyman and the family moved to the quiet Buckinghamshire village of Wing. After school at Marlborough, Lawrence went on to Corpus Christi, Oxford, and then to Wells Theological College to study for the priesthood.
He spent six years as a curate in the parish of St John's, Bethnal Green, and then, in 1914, set off for Canada to work in the Railway Mission at Regina, Saskatchewan. He was to remain as a missionary in Canada for the next 30 years.
He retired to Sussex, but often returned to his father's old parish at Wing to visit his two sisters, and even acted as priest-in-charge there for 3 years in the 1950s. There are still some of his parishioners who fondly remember his ministry there.
Lawrence Tatham died 57 years ago on 23 Dec 1961. In his will he left everything to the church, making provision for more than 20 charitable causes.