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.
The idea of this website is to raise the family's awareness of our shared history, and to encourage interest and discussion about our heritage.
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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.
Geoffrey Bulmer Tatham (1883-1918)
One of the 25 family members who died in the Great War, Geoffrey Bulmer Tatham was reported missing 94 years ago this week. His brother Christopher placed advertisements appealing for news, but it was months before death was confirmed.
Geoffrey was the younger son of the barrister Thomas Clarke Tatham, of Highgate. He won a scholarship to Trinity College, Cambridge, where after graduation he spent 2 years on historical research before being elected a Fellow in August 1908.
He had a remarkable range of interests: all-round sportsman, leading actor of the University A.D.C., master of his Masonic Lodge, keen member of the Officers Training Corps. Coupled with his open and attractive personality he had an unusual gift for friendship, as well as a deep concern for others less fortunate than himself. He was a strong supporter of the now forgotten Cavendish Association and committed himself to spreading its ideals throughout the university.
He enlisted as soon as war was declared, rising to become brigade major and surviving right up to the great German offensive of the final months of the war.