Tatham is a village in the Lancaster district in NE Lancashire. A small church, no division between nave and chancel except for an external buttressing feature on the S wall which may represent the original rood staircase. Essentially the church appears to be a late medieval rebuild around a late C12 S door and N arcade piers, with subsequent tidying-up and heavy Victorian re-medievalisation. The tower, according to an inscribed stone in the N wall, was rebuilt in 1722, but probably incorporates medieval fabric.
There were three churches in Tatham according to Domesday, with taxable value assessed at 13 geld units. There were chaplins recorded, suggesting the church was a chapel of Melling until a list of rectors begins c.1220. In 1246 the value of the rectory was estimated at £10 a year, but was assessed in the 1291 Taxatio as £6 13s. 4d., reduced by half after the Scottish invasion of 1322.
The church and surrounding settlement is sometimes called Lower Tatham, in order to distinguish it from its chapel at Tatham Fell (now an 1888 building by Paley, Austin and Paley).
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F. Arnold-Foster, Studies in church dedications (London, 1899).
C. Hartwell and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Lancashire: North (London, 2009), pp.664-665.
N. Pevsner, North Lancashire (Harmondsworth, 1969), pp.245-255.
'The parish of Tatham', in William Farrer and J Brownbill (eds.) A History of the County of Lancaster, VIII, (London, 1914), pp. 217-225.