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"Gotham, seven miles south south west of Nottingham, is a considerable village and parish, bounded on the west by the lofty hills of the Wolds, and on the east by an extensive tract of marshy land, which is often flooded by the numerous streams that roll from the heights after heavy rains. Its parish contains 792 inhabitants, and 2,740 acres of land, enclosed in 1804, when 427a 3r 11p were allotted to the rector in lieu of tithes, in addition to 43a of Keyworth common allotted to him in the 36th of George III. Earl Howe is principal owner and lord of the manor, but D. Hall Esq., Mrs Crane, Sir Arthur B. Clifton and others have small estates here. All the water near the village is strongly tainted with decomposed vegetable matter, and with the gypsum that lies under the surface, so that the villagers were obliged to fetch their water from the summit of a hill, distant half a mile to the north. A few years ago, the Earl had pipes laid from Weldon Hills to the village, by which means a supply of pure water has been obtained. In 1829, his lordship erected a large school here, and supports the master, who has under tuition about 200 scholars. The poor parishioners have the interest of £57, left by John Barrow and three other benefactors. The church, dedicated to St Lawrence, was repaired and repewed in 1835 at the cost of about £1,200, raised by subscription, aided by a grant from the Incorporated Society for Building and Enlarging Churches. It contains 628 sittings, of which 477 are declared free for ever. In the chancel are several ancient monuments of the Andrews family. The rectory, valued in the King's books at £19 8s 6½d, now £513, is enjoyed by the Rev. John James Vaughan, and is in the alternate patronage of Earl Howe, Lord St John and George Saville Foljambe Esq., the former having the next presentation. The rectory is a commodious mansion on the south side of the church yeard. The Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists have each a chapel here." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


  • The parish was in the Wilford sub-district of the Basford Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
CensusYear Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2128
1861 R.G. 9 / 2446
1891 R.G. 12 / 2680


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Gotham area or see them printed on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Lawrence.
  • The church was built in 1180.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of Gotham Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2008.
  • Andy JAMIESON also has a photograph of Gotham Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2009.
  • We have a List of Organ Contributors of 1870, compliments of John MELLORS.
  • At last report, services are no longer held in this church.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1554 and is in good condition.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of West Bingham.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here by 1881.
  • The Primitive Methodists built their chapel in 1870.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Primitive Methodist Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2010.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Wilford sub-district of the Basford Registration District.
  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

This parish and village lie about 123 miles north of London, 7 miles south-west of Nottingham city centre and 3 miles north-east of Kegworth. The parish covers about 2,740 acres.

The village square retains the hexagonal village pumpIf you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A453 south out of Nottingham and turn off at Clifton. Proceed due south on the county road to Gotham.
  • Railway service ceased in 1965.
You can see pictures of Gotham which are provided by:


Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Gotham has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Gotham to another place.


  • Read about Wheldon Spring on Geo-graph.
  • Gotham is famous for its tall tales. The name is often applied to New York city in America where similar tales were written by Washington Irving.


  • You'll want an Ordinance Survey "Explorer" map, which has 2.5 inches to the mile scale.
  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK536301 (Lat/Lon: 52.865698, -1.205237), Gotham which are provided by:

Military History

  • Gotham dedicated a Recreation Ground and a Memeroial Hall to those of the parish who fell in wartime. Inside the Memoreal Hall are Rolls of Honour for World War I and WWII. The World War I roll includes the names of women who served.
  • Gotham History Society has photographs of the Rolls of Honour on their website.

Names, Geographical

  • David GRETTON tells us that the name is pronounced like "Goat um" by the locals.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottingham county and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Rushcliffe Wapentake in the southern division of the county.
  • You may contact the local Gotham Parish Council regarding civic or politcal issues, but they are NOT staffed to help with family history lookups.
  • District governance is provided by the Rushcliffe Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Nottingham petty session hearings.
  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1804.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a part of the Basford Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 475
1811 549
1851 792
1881 1,026
1901 1,009


  • A School Board was formed here in 1879. Samuel PEPPER was the clerk to the School Board
  • A School was built here in 1879.