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TATHAM, a parish in Lancaster district, Lancashire; 1 mile SE of Wennington r. station, and 4½ E of Hornby. It includes Tatham-Fell chapelry, and its Post town is Wray under Lancaster. Acres, 8,501. Real property, £5,519. Pop., 588. Houses, 115. The property is much subdivided. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £300. Patron, J. Foster, Esq. The church is later English.

John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72)


Archives and Libraries

Local studies information is held at Lancaster library.




Church Records

The registers of the parish church, St James the Less, have been published by the Lancashire Parish Register Society as follows.

  • Volume 59 - Bap & Mar 1558-1812, Bur 1558-1811.
  • Volume 78 - Bap, Mar & Bur 1813-1837.

Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Tatham area is Lancaster.


Description and Travel

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1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

  • "TATHAM, a parish in the hundred of Lonsdale South of the Sands, county Lancaster, 12 miles N.E. of Lancaster, its post town, and 1 mile from the Wennington railway station. The village, which is considerable, is situated on the river Lune or Weaning. The parish includes the villages of Lowgill and Tatham Fell. There are some collieries, and traces of a Roman road. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Manchester, value £300. The church, dedicated to St. James, is an ancient structure with a steeple, erected in 1722, containing three bells. In the interior is a brass to the Cansfield family. There is also the district church of Tatham Fell, the living of which is a perpetual curacy, value £125. The parochial charities produce about £28 per annum. There is an endowed school. A manor court is held in May, at Hall Barns."

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1870-72, John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales

  • TATHAM-FELL, a chapelry, with Lowgill village, in Tatham parish, Lancashire; 2½ miles S by W of High Bentham r. station, and 5 ESE of Hornby. Post town, Wray, under Lancaster. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £125. Patron, the Rector of Tatham. The church was built in 1745. There is a parochial school. (See more)

Historical Geography

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Tatham was in the Archdeaconry of Richmond, in the Diocese of Chester. The original Lancashire wills for the Archdeaconry of Richmond are held at the Lancashire Record Office.


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