Gotham, a village and a parish in Notts, 2 miles from Beeston station on the M.R., and 7 SSW of Nottingham; was anciently called Goat's-home, from goats having been much cherished by its inhabitants; figures in a black-letter book called " The Merry Tales of the Mad Men of Gotham," written by Dr Andrew Borde, the original " merry Andrew," containing facetious stories which have long circulated in nurseries. The village consists now of only a few cottages, and has a post and money order office under Derby; telegraph office, Kegworth. Acreage of parish, 2563; population, 1134. Part of the surface is moor. Limestone and gypsum are found, and plaster mining and manufacturing are extensively carried on. Some of the inhabitants are stocking-makers. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Southwell; gross value, £450 with residence. Patrons, the Duke of Portland, Earl Howe, Lord St John, and G. S. Foljambe, Esq., in rotation. The church is ancient but good, and has a tower and spire. There are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Gothan St. Lawrence|
|Poor Law union||Basford|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Gotham from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Gothan (St. Lawrence))
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Nottinghamshire is available to browse.
Online maps of Gotham are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Nottinghamshire newspapers online:
- Nottingham Evening Post
- Nottinghamshire Guardian
- Nottingham Review and General Advertiser for the Midland Counties
- Nottingham Gazette, and Political, Literary, Agricultural & Commercial Register for the Midland Counties
The Visitation of Nottinghamshire 1569 & 1614 is available on the Heraldry page.