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William Meaburn  Tatham

William Meaburn Tatham

Male 1862 - 1938  (76 years)


  • Name William Meaburn Tatham  [1, 2, 3
    Birth 30 Jul 1862  Great Ryburgh Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 3, 4, 5
    Baptism 24 Aug 1862  St Andrew, Great Ryburgh Find all individuals with events at this location   [6
    Residence Apr 1871  Rectory, Great Ryburgh Find all individuals with events at this location   [4
    Education abt 1875 - 1880  Marlborough College Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 7
    Education 22 Oct 1880 - 1884  Brasenose College, Oxford Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 7, 8
    Occupation Apr 1881  Oxford University Find all individuals with events at this location ; Undergraduate BNC  [3
    Residence Apr 1881  Rectory, Great Ryburgh Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Event 13 Oct 1882  Great Ryburgh Find all individuals with events at this location ; Concert  [9
    • Great Ryburgh. The first concert of the Ryburgh Amateur Society was given on Friday evening. in the National School-room, which was crowded with an appreciative audience. Dr. Horace Hill conducted. The first part of the entertainment was made up of a miscellaneous selection, commencing with the National Anthem. The overture, from Mendelssohn's "Son and Stranger," arranged for piano, violin and violoncellos, was beautifully rendered by Mrs. Tatham, her sons, Messrs. C. and W., and her daughter. Songs, duets, instrumental trios, and choruses followed. Mrs. Tatham played a grand pianoforte selection from Beethoven, in an accomplished manner. Miss Buller, soprano, and Miss Saxton, contralto, were much applauded for their songs, and acknowledged the warm encores given. Mr. C. Tatham, who has the foundation of an excellent tenor voice, was well received. The second part included the cantata of "John Gilpin," with an orchestral overture by members of the society, Mrs. Tatham presiding at the piano. The spirited choruses were fairly well sung. The soloists, in character, Miss Buller, Miss Saxton, and Messrs. C. and W. Tatham, were especially good. The entire evening seemed to be thoroughly enjoyed by all present. [People's Weekly Journal, 14 Oct 1882]
    Event 07 Aug 1883  Holkham Hall, Holkham Find all individuals with events at this location ; Tournament  [10
    • The Lawn Tennis Tournament at Holkham. The tournament was continued on Tuesday, and, with the exception of one heavy shower, the weather was very fine. Visitors were again permitted to view the interior of the hall, and a large number availed themselves of the opportunity of inspecting the numerous objects of interest. A large number of the gentry honoured the occasion with their presence, and some very fine contests were witnessed with the keenest interest. The results of the competitions were as follows:-- [...] Gentlemen's Doubles (open):-- Prize 5 10s. Messrs. F. W. and W. B. Monement beat, in the last tie, Messrs. W. M. and C. E. Tatham. [...] [People's Weekly Journal]
    Education 1884  Cuddesdon College Find all individuals with events at this location   [8
    Degree/Qualif. 1884  Oxford University Find all individuals with events at this location ; BA  [2
    Occupation 1885 - 1890  St Saviour, Folkestone Find all individuals with events at this location ; Curate  [2, 8
    Ordination 1886  Canterbury Find all individuals with events at this location ; Priest, Church of England  [8
    Marriage 14 Jan 1886  St Matthias, Earls Court Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 11, 12
    Louisa Valetta Buller,   b. 13 May 1857, At sea, off Malta Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Apr 1939, 12 King's Rd, Doncaster Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Degree/Qualif. 1887  Oxford University Find all individuals with events at this location ; MA  [2
    Occupation 1890 - 1892  St Agnes, Kennington Park Find all individuals with events at this location ; Curate  [2, 7, 8
    Occupation Apr 1891  Clerk in Holy Orders  [13
    Residence Apr 1891  1 South Place, Newington, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location   [13
    Occupation 30 Nov 1892 -  St Wilfrid, Cantley Find all individuals with events at this location ; Vicar  [2, 14, 15
    Military Service abt 1901  South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location ; Chaplain  [16
    • Not found in 1901 census at Cantley or elsewhere. Wife shown as head of household. Presumed to be serving as chaplain to the forces in South Africa.
    • The War: Officers returning home: The steamship Dilwara left Cape Town for England on Nov 28 [1901], having on board ... the following on the passage home: ... Rev. W.M. Tatham ... [The Times]
    Occupation Apr 1911  Clerk in Holy Orders  [17
    Residence Apr 1911  Vicarage, Cantley Find all individuals with events at this location   [17
    William Meaburn Tatham (1862-1938)
    William Meaburn Tatham (1862-1938)
    in 1930s
    Death 18 Oct 1938  Vicarage, Cantley Find all individuals with events at this location   [18, 19, 20
    William Meaburn Tatham (1862-1938)
    William Meaburn Tatham (1862-1938)
    Two Newspaper Obituaries
    Burial 21 Oct 1938  St Wilfrid, Cantley Find all individuals with events at this location   [20
    William Meaburn Tatham (1862-1938)
    William Meaburn Tatham (1862-1938)
    Newspaper report of funeral
    William Meaburn Tatham & Louisa Valetta Pole Buller
    William Meaburn Tatham & Louisa Valetta Pole Buller
    Grave in Cantley Churchyard
    Probate 24 Feb 1939  London Find all individuals with events at this location ; 2,870 8s. 8d.  [21
    • Tatham William Meaburn of The Vicarage Cantley near Doncaster died 18 October 1938 Probate London 24 February to Wilfrid Meaburn Tatham [son] coal merchant Muriel Mary Mackay and Agnes Dowdall [daughters] married women. Effects 2805. 8s. 6d. Resworn 2870 8s. 8d. [NPC 1939]
    Notes 
    • Tatham, rev William Meaburn, born at Ryeborough [sic], Norfolk, 30 Jul 1862; 2s George Edmund, cler, Brasenose, matric 22 Oct 1880, aged 18 (from Marlborough), BA 1884, MA 1887, curate of Kennington St Agnes, Surrey, 1890. [Oxford Men 1880-1892]
    • Revd. William Meaburn Tatham was appointed Vicar in 1893. Father Tatham, as he was known, was an Oxford Graduate and keen sportsman, gaining a Blue for both cricket and soccer. Fr. Tatham created both cricket and soccer teams in the Parish which played in local leagues until the outbreak of World War II. He was also a keen golfer and one of the original members, if not a founder member, of Doncaster Golf Club
      During the ministry of Fr. Tatham, the old school at Branton was closed and replaced by a new National School which stood at the crossroads on the opposite corner to where the present McAuley Catholic High School now stands. This National School was demolished in the early 1970s when the new St. Wilfrid's Church of England Primary School was opened in Valley Drive, Branton. After its closure, the old school in Branton was converted into a Chapel of Ease, dedicated to St. Mary, but eventually demolished in the early 1980s when it became redundant. The bell from the old school was firstly a school bell and then a church bell. It now hangs in the present St. Wilfrid's school and is once again a school bell.
      It is probable that, during his time at Oxford, Fr. Tatham came under the influence of The Oxford Movement, which caused him to revive the Catholic tradition at St. Wilfrid's which has continued to the present day. Fr. Tatham was not popular with the powers that be and during his entire ministry of more than forty years, the Diocesan Bishop never set foot in the Church.
      In 1894, under the direction of Ninian, later Sir Ninian Comper, a further restoration and extension of the Church was carried out. It is probable that Ninian Comper had been at Oxford at the same time as Fr. Tatham because, not only was he the supervising architect for the work but he was also Godfather to a number of Fr. Tatham's ten children. During this restoration and extension work, the North wall of the Nave was opened out into the present arches and a new South aisle was added. Retro Chapels were created at the East end of each aisle. The one in the South aisle was dedicated to Our Lady whilst the one in the North aisle was known as the Jesus Chapel. The Jesus Chapel was later removed when the Church was further extended in 1988/1989.
      Following a fire in 1905, which severely damaged the Rood Screen, Ninian Comper directed further restoration work.
      In the 1930s, Father Tatham realised that a further extension was necessary to meet the needs of a growing parish and Sir Ninian Comper agreed to do this. Unfortunately, the death of Father Tatham in 1936 [recte 1938] and the outbreak of World War II prevented this from taking place. [History: The Church & Village of Cantley. website accessed 07-Sep-2009]
    • Played Rugby football for England 7 times. Test debut against Scotland at Manchester 04 Mar 1882. Last test against Scotland at Blackheath 01 Mar 1884. [www.scrum.com]
      Played rugby for England. [MRT]
      Played for Oxford University and for England, in Rugby Union Football. [Curtis]
      Oxford University Rugby Blue 1881, 1882, 1883 (Capt). [Marlborough College Register]
    • Tatham, William Meaburn. BNC Oxford, BA 1884, MA 1887. Cuddeston Coll 1884. Deacon 1885, Priest 1886 Canterbury. Curate, St Saviour, Folkestone 1885-1890. Curate, St Agnes, Kennington Park 1890-1892. Vicar, Cantley, Sheffield Diocese, from 1892. Cantley Vicarage, Doncaster. [Crockford's 1932]
    • Chain smoker. Used to rent out the vicarage during St Leger week at Doncaster racecourse; that brought in more money than the living did in a year. [JDTT] [Living worth 600 per Crockford's 1932]
    • One of the first in Cantley to have a car. His youngest daughter Biddy used to drive him around in it. [LOnG 26 Jul 2010]
    • I cannot allow this letter to go out, without a few words about my very dear brother, who passed to the better life on St. Luke's Day. I am told that in spite of the awful agony and suffering endured by him that he was to all those who came near him, so thankful for any little help given, so thoughtful for the future of all, so loving and tender. One who has been assisting in the Parish said at the Service of "Vespers for the dead" on Thursday evening, that 3 special features stood out in his opinion, in the character of Fr. William Meaburn Tatham--(1) His real and intense belief in God, (2) His deep love for the Church, (3) His intense love for those committed to his charge,his parishioners, a love that never wavered or ceased in spite of failure and lapse from the sacraments--and he added one other feature which was his fortitude. For 46 years he was Vicar of Cantley, Doncaster, and saw it grow from 2 small hamlets to an over-grown parish that now requires a third church and to be divided into 2 parishes. He was a native of this parish, born at the Rectory over 76 years ago and baptized in the Church. May he rest in peace and may light perpetual shine upon him--may I add he was a true and affectionate father and brother. [Rev. Frederick Hugh Tatham, Rector, Ryburgh Parish Magazine, Nov 1938]
    Person ID I0057  Tatham | Meaburn branch | Descendant - male line
    Last Modified 10 Aug 2013 

    Father George Edmund Tatham,   b. 12 Nov 1830, 45 Torrington Square, Bloomsbury Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Oct 1910, Good Shelter, Penn Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Susan Block,   b. 26 Jul 1834, Kentish Town Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Jul 1917, 10 Hanover House, High St, St John's Wood Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Marriage 13 Oct 1857  St Michael, Highgate Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 22, 23, 24
    • Officiating Minister: George Pardoe [Betha's uncle].
      Witnesses: A W Block [Betha's father], P Block [Betha's mother]; M Tatham [George's father]; J B Dyne [headmaster of Highgate School]. [Marriage Register]
    • On the 13th inst., at St. Michael's, Highgate, by the Rev. George Pardoe, M.A., uncle of the bride, assisted by the Rev. J.B. Dyne, M.A., the Rev. George Edmund, second son of Meaburn Tatham, Esq., of Merton Lodge, Highgate, to Elizabeth Susan, eldest daughter of A.W. Block, Esq., of Parkfield, Highgate. [Morning Post, 16 Oct 1857]
    George Edmund Tatham & Elizabeth Susan Block
    George Edmund Tatham & Elizabeth Susan Block
    Marriage register
    Notes 
    • sold on ebay 23 Mar 2008
      LEATHER BOUND COMMEMORATION OF THE GOLDEN WEDDING CELEBRATION OF GEORGE AND BETHA TATHAM OCTOBER 1907.
      46 signatures of members of the above families who were present at the celebration.
      Gilt decorations to boards-now faded along edges. Decorated script on frontispiece and on end page. Probably completed by one of family (Emmie Tatham)
      Signatures-
      Tatham 32
      Moloney 8
      Langstaff 6
    • 3 serv + teacher in Apr 1881; 3 serv in 1901.
    Photos
    St Andrew, Great Ryburgh
    St Andrew, Great Ryburgh
    George Edmund Tatham, Rector, 1859-1884
    Frederick Hugh Tatham, Rector, 1910-1947
    George Edmund Tatham & Elizabeth Susan Block
    George Edmund Tatham & Elizabeth Susan Block
    Golden Wedding, 13 Oct 1907
    George Edmund Tatham & Elizabeth Susan Block
    George Edmund Tatham & Elizabeth Susan Block
    Golden Wedding Dinner Menu, 13 Oct 1907
    George Edmund Tatham & Elizabeth Susan Block
    George Edmund Tatham & Elizabeth Susan Block
    shortly before George's death in 1910
    Clayton & Tatham family - 4 generations- 1916
    Clayton & Tatham family - 4 generations- 1916
    Elizabeth Susan Block (1834-1917)
    William Meaburn Tatham (1862-1938)
    Beryl Valetta Mary Tatham (1886-1959)
    Oswald John Clayton (1916-1985)
    Documents
    Family Bible - Meaburn Tathams
    Family Bible - Meaburn Tathams
    Page 7: Family of George Edmund Tatham, births 1860-1864
    Family Bible - Meaburn Tathams
    Family Bible - Meaburn Tathams
    Page 8: Family of George Edmund Tatham, births 1866-1875
    Family ID F0017  Family Group Sheet

    Family Louisa Valetta Buller,   b. 13 May 1857, At sea, off Malta Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Apr 1939, 12 King's Rd, Doncaster Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Marriage 14 Jan 1886  St Matthias, Earls Court Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 11, 12
    • Jan 14th [1886] St, Matthias' Earls-court by Bishop of Lincoln assisted by father of groom Rev William Meaburn Tatham Curate of St. Saviour's Folkestone 2nd son Rev GE Tatham East Mousley to Louisa Valetta ygst dau of Frederick Pole Buller late BCS. [Times of India, 10 Feb 1886]
    • The marriage of our late Rector's second son, the Rev. William Meaburn Tatham, of St. Saviour's, Folkestone, to Miss Valetta Buller, daughter of S. P. Buller, Esq., late of the Bengal Civil Service, was celebrated on the 14th of January [1886], at Earl's Court, London, by the Lord Bishop of Lincoln, assisted by the Rev. G. E. Tatham, father of the bridegroom, and Vicar of St. Matthias, Earl's Court, London. In connection with this event a tea was given the same evening in the school-room, Great Ryburgh, to the members of the Ryburgh Benefit Club, their wives, and other friends, the company numbering 84 persons. After tea Mr. W. Mesney, who has since left Ryburgh, spoke a few words to the members, and read a letter from our late Rector, which brought tears to the eyes of many of the members. The tables were then cleared. Several songs were sung by Mrs. Bradley and Mr. W. Mesney, and a skilfully-executed violin solo, by Mr. Horace Hammond, was well received. Dancing was then indulged in until eleven o'clock. In the intervals between the dances other songs were sung by Messrs. Cooper, Slegg, Butler, Howman, and Nelson. Before breaking up cheers were given for the bride and bridegroom, the Rev. G. E. Tatham, the giver of the feast and the founder of the society, and to Mrs. Mesney, who, assisted by other ladies, had so ably carried out all the arrangements for the feast. Next day the school children were regaled, and Mrs. Mesney kindly gave them oranges, apples, and nuts. [Dereham & Fakenham Times, 23 Jan 1886]
      Note: Walter Mesney was the Tatham family's tenant of Keeling Hall at that time.
    William Meaburn Tatham & Louisa Valetta Buller
    William Meaburn Tatham & Louisa Valetta Buller
    Two newspaper reports of golden wedding, 14 Jan 1936
    Children 
    +1. Beryl Valetta Mary Tatham,   b. 13 Nov 1886, Folkestone Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Oct 1959, 8 Chittenden Cottages, Wisley Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     2. Oswald Meaburn Tatham,   b. 25 Feb 1888, Folkestone Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1906, Winnipeg, MB Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 18 years)
    +3. Muriel Mary Tatham,   b. 02 Nov 1889, East Molesey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. abt Feb 1982, North Warwickshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
    +4. Bernard Meaburn Tatham,   b. 18 Aug 1891, Southwark Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. abt Nov 1965, Chichester Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     5. Mary Agnes Tatham,   b. 18 Mar 1893, Cantley Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1937, Conifers, Kingston Rd, Teddington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)
    +6. Agnes Tatham,   b. 21 Jan 1895, Cantley Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. abt May 1978, Poole Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +7. Veronica Mary Tatham,   b. 06 Aug 1897, Cantley Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1994, Reading Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years)
     8. Wilfrid Meaburn Tatham,   b. 21 Apr 1899, Cantley Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Oct 1953, Doncaster Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
    +9. Bridget Edith Mary Tatham,   b. 29 Nov 1902, Cantley Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Apr 1974, Surrey S W Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    Photos
    Tatham Family of Cantley Village, Doncaster
    Tatham Family of Cantley Village, Doncaster
    Silver Wedding of William Meaburn Tatham & Louisa Valetta Buller in January 1911
    St Wilfrid, Cantley
    St Wilfrid, Cantley
    William Meaburn Tatham, Vicar, 1892-1938
    St Wilfrid, Cantley
    St Wilfrid, Cantley
    from pamphlet by Leonard Sibellas, Vicar of Cantley after William Meaburn Tatham. 12 pages describing church and parish.
    Cantley Vicarage
    Cantley Vicarage
    Home of William Meaburn Tatham and family for 46 years
    Last Modified 11 Jun 2012 
    Family ID F0028  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 30 Jul 1862 - Great Ryburgh Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 24 Aug 1862 - St Andrew, Great Ryburgh Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1871 - Rectory, Great Ryburgh Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - abt 1875 - 1880 - Marlborough College Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - 22 Oct 1880 - 1884 - Brasenose College, Oxford Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Undergraduate BNC - Apr 1881 - Oxford University Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1881 - Rectory, Great Ryburgh Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEvent - Concert - 13 Oct 1882 - Great Ryburgh Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEvent - Tournament - 07 Aug 1883 - Holkham Hall, Holkham Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - 1884 - Cuddesdon College Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDegree/Qualif. - BA - 1884 - Oxford University Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Curate - 1885 - 1890 - St Saviour, Folkestone Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOrdination - Priest, Church of England - 1886 - Canterbury Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - 14 Jan 1886 - St Matthias, Earls Court Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 14 Jan 1886 - St Matthias, Earls Court Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDegree/Qualif. - MA - 1887 - Oxford University Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Curate - 1890 - 1892 - St Agnes, Kennington Park Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1891 - 1 South Place, Newington, Surrey Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Vicar - 30 Nov 1892 - - St Wilfrid, Cantley Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - Chaplain - abt 1901 - South Africa Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1911 - Vicarage, Cantley Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 18 Oct 1938 - Vicarage, Cantley Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - 21 Oct 1938 - St Wilfrid, Cantley Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 2,870 8s. 8d. - 24 Feb 1939 - London Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    William Meaburn Tatham (1862-1938)
    William Meaburn Tatham (1862-1938)
    Founder member of Doncaster Golf Club
    William Meaburn Tatham (1862-1938)
    William Meaburn Tatham (1862-1938)
    from Silver Wedding photo Jan 1911
    George Edmund Tatham & Elizabeth Susan Block
    George Edmund Tatham & Elizabeth Susan Block
    Golden Wedding, 13 Oct 1907

  • Sources 
    1. [S03] Family Members, MRT.

    2. [S04] H Curtis: Notes for a Pedigree of the Tathams of Co. Durham.

    3. [S01] Census, UK, 1881.
      age 18 b Gt Ryburgh

    4. [S01] Census, UK, 1871.
      age 8

    5. [S02] BMD Index, birth reg Walsingham, 3Q1862.

    6. [S06] Parish Registers, baptisms, St Andrew, Great Ryburgh.

    7. [S31] Oxford University Alumni.

    8. [S16] Crockford's Clerical Directory, 1932.

    9. [S11] Newspaper, People's Weekly Journal, 14 Oct 1882.

    10. [S11] Newspaper, People's Weekly Journal, 11 Aug 1883.

    11. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Kensington, 1Q1886.

    12. [S11] Newspaper, Times of India, 10 Feb 1886.
      marriage notice

    13. [S01] Census, UK, 1891.

    14. [S05] The Times, 01 Nov 1930.

    15. [S05] The Times, 30 Nov 1892.

    16. [S05] The Times, 04 Dec 1901.

    17. [S01] Census, UK, 1911.

    18. [S07] Other Sources, scrum.com (Rugby football).
      website accessed 07 Sep 2009 23:20

    19. [S02] BMD Index, death reg Don Valley, 4Q1938.
      age 76

    20. [S11] Newspaper, unidentified Doncaster paper, Oct 1938.

    21. [S14] National Probate Calendar.

    22. [S36] Marriage Certificate, 13 Oct 1857.

    23. [S28] Family Bible.

    24. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Edmonton, 4Q1857.