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The Tathams of County Durham
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Geoffrey Bulmer Tatham (1883-1918)
Geoffrey Bulmer Tatham (1883-1918)
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
William Julius Lowthian Plowden (1935-2010)

Tatham of the Week William Plowden was born in February 1935, the son of two eminent public servants, Edwin Lord Plowden, treasury adviser, industrialist and chairman of the Atomic Energy Authority, and his wife Bridget Richmond, educationalist, magistrate and chairman of the Independent Broadcasting Authority. Descended from the Durham Tathams through his mother, he is among the most distinguished of those remembered on these pages.

His field was public administration and government policy. A founder member of the Downing Street "Think Tank" in the 1970s, he went on to be Director-General of the Royal Institute of Public Administration. Later he directed the Harkness Atlantic Fellowships, and carried on a busy programme of university teaching, research and policy advice almost to the end of his life.

He died peacefully at his home in Gloucestershire in June 2010.