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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Melancholy shooting accident at Spens Farm, 1867

Mike Winstanley has been continuing his research into unhappy episodes in Tatham’s past, as revealed by the local press, clearly as keen then to horrify its readers as it is today!

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Walking to Tatham School in the early 1940s

A wonderful Lancaster Guardian article, published October 2018, written by a former pupil, and describing his daily walk to school from his home at Millhouses. 

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Violent Burglary at Tatham Mill, Lowgill

DCI Mike Winstanley has been investigating a  shocking crime (even by today’s standards) committed in 1858, and has written a report.

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Spring and Summer outings – reports & photos

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