The Tathams of County Durham
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Errol Victor Tatham (1891-1916)
Errol Victor Tatham (1891-1916)
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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Current situation

Meaburn Tathams, four generations (2nd photo)The Tatham Family History website has unfortunately not been regularly maintained for some considerable time, owing to family circumstances and pressure of other commitments.

Starting May 2019 it is gradually being brought back to life. This is taking 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, 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 period. Their comments and suggestions are still greatly appreciated, and will be incorporated into the website as soon as time allows.

Update December 2020: The coronavirus restrictions announced by the British Government have kept the author of this website under effective house arrest, on and off, since last March. It has given a useful opportunity for bringing the Tatham project back up to date, although there is still much to be done.

Tatham of the Week
Charles Heathcote Tatham (1772-1841)

Tatham of the Week Charles Heathcote Tatham was born in London 249 years ago. After a sound grammar school education, he spent two frustrating years in offices in London. At last his exceptional artistic talents were noticed by the architect Henry Holland, who took him on as a trainee, and then agreed to sponsor a long period of study in Italy. Upon his return in 1796, Charles was able to set up in practice as an architect and designer on his own account.
Though not now so widely known, Charles Tatham was remarkably influential in his day. It was he who introduced to England the severe neo-classical style so characteristic of the early 19th century. Some examples of his designs can be seen at the website of the V&A museum.
By 1834 his practice had declined and he was in financial difficulties. Fortunately his friends secured for him the post of Warden of Greenwich Hospital, where he has able to enjoy his remaining years.
Charles Heathcote Tatham has an impressive number of descendants. He is the ancestor of well over half the Durham Tathams alive today, including nearly all those in South Africa.