Map of the River Lune 1859

Stephen Stackhouse, a friend of Tatham History Society, discovered a large book of maps that had formerly belonged to his grandfather, William Hodgson, who had spent part of his life living in Wennington and working as a bailiff on the River Wenning.

Stephen kindly donated the maps to THS, who set about discovering why they had been made; a fascinating investigation of the history and natural history of salmon fishing.

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Millhouses wildlife in the 1950s

Colin Miller has contributed a third and final article about his early life at Mill Farm, describing his memories of the flora and fauna.

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Out-barns of Tatham and Botton

Local artist Peter Osborne spent many hours during 2019 tramping the local footpaths to reach thirty of these attractive and characteristic landscape features, and to record them in his sketch book in watercolour. The work was first exhibited, as prints, in autumn 2019 at the Gallery on the Green, the world’s smallest art gallery, in Settle. Later that year the prints were shown to THS members at the Society’s AGM. Peter has kindly allowed us to display them on the Tatham History Society website so that they can be enjoyed by a wider audience.

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2019 AGM, winter talk no. 3, and out-barns art exhibition

Click here for a report on the year’s final society gathering: Annual General Meeting; a talk on land ownership, occupancy and values in the 19th century; and an exhibition of Peter Osborne’s watercolours of local out-barns.

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High summer in High Tatham – field-trip report & photos

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Millhouses Memories

Colin Miller looks back to his childhood living beside the Hindburn River at Mill Farm (now Millhouse Farm), and to riverside walks to visit his grandparents at Spens farm.

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Tatham and Wennington in 1956

Transcript of an article published in the Lancaster Guardian and Observer on 16 November 1956; it was part of a series by Bill Heald, ‘Down your way’, with photos by Harry Hodgson. Our thanks to Mary Staveley for loaning the cutting.

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House History research guide

Following the Society’s House History event in May, Mike Winstanley has brought together the information on possible research sources into one handy guidance article, with links to many helpful websites.

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House Histories, Sunday 19th May 2019

Place: St. James the Less church, Low Tatham.
Time: 2.00 – 4.30pm

Find out how to research the history of your house.

Short talks on specific houses and sources; display of photos and documents.

We would be delighted to hear of – or see – any information or documents you may have on your house – old photos, deeds, memoirs, etc.

All welcome. Light refreshments.

 

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Schools in Tatham Fells 1816-1916

There was a Tatham Fell (no ‘s’) School before the present-day “Old School” was built. Mike Winstanley has looked into what is known about the “Old Old School”, and the circumstances that led to its replacement in 1863. He has also investigated a turbulent period following the 1870 Education Act, which led in 1875 to the addition of a new classroom (now the OS kitchen) and the placing of the school under full government inspection, along with the commencement of the School Logbook. Mike’s fascinating article concludes with changes up to  1916, including the addition of a cloakroom, new toilets, and a new name.

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