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The Tathams of County Durham
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William Julius Lowthian Plowden (1935-2010)
William Julius Lowthian Plowden (1935-2010)
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.

Feel free to wander around this site and explore. There's a basic guide to the contents at the What's Here page.

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Status of this website
Update May 2019

Meaburn Tatahams, four generations (2nd photo)The Tatham Family History website has unfortunately not been maintained or attended to for more than four years, owing to family circumstances and pressure of other commitments.

Starting May 2019 it is gradually being brought back to life. This will take some time, as there is much work to be done: responding to several hundred messages and requests, relearning and sharpening website skills, updating the software (3 major upgrades to be applied and tested), learning and respecting the new regulations about consents and data protection, and no doubt many other tasks and obstacles we haven't yet thought about ...

Members and visitors are thanked for their patience and forbearance during this long period.

Tatham of the Week
Wilfrid George Tatham (1898-1978)

Tatham of the Week It needs more than these few words to do justice to the talents and achievements of Wilfrid "Gus" Tatham. Remembered now as a world-class hurdler in the 1924 & 1928 Olympics, he excelled equally as a distance runner, and as a tennis and rugby football player. By profession a history teacher and housemaster at Eton, he was also a violinist of professional standard. He has the distinction of having served in both world wars as a company commander in the Coldstream Guards, winning the Military Cross in the first and enduring a German PoW camp in the second.
Returning briefly to Eton in 1945, he moved on to become the representative in Athens of the British Council and was awarded the OBE for his services. On his return to England, he took up his last post, as Bursar of the Royal Society of Arts.
After such a full and varied career, Wilfrid left his comfortable home in Chiswick and emigrated with his wife Rachel to the remote Atlantic island of St Helena, where he occupied his remaining years with community affairs and served as the official archivist.
Although we still have no photo of Wilfrid Tatham, we can invite you to listen to this recording from the IWM archives, in which he recalls his wartime experiences.