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THATCHER Family History

This famous English surname found in the spelling forms of Thatcher, Thacker, Thacher, and the female Thaxter and Thackster, is occupational. It describes one of the most important professions of the pre 16th century, the manufacture and application of roofing materials by the use of specially grown weatherproof reed and straw. The prominence of the trade can be shown by the fact that the 'Tille-theckers' were invited to take part as a guild in the processions which proceeded the famous York Mystery Plays in the 14th century.

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