Why is Batman’s Gotham City Named After a Nottinghamshire Village

Gotham is a fictional city in the DC Universe but its namesake is not. Located across the Atlantic in South Nottinghamshire, this quiet, little village with a handful of houses, a church and a couple of shops, is completely unlike the city of crime and corruption it lends its name to.

For starters, Gotham is actually pronounced “goat-um” (which means goat village) and not “goth-em”, the way we pronounce the fictional city Batman calls home. While Batman’s Gotham is a teeming metropolis, the English village is a sleepy settlement “in the rural heart of Nottinghamshire.” Yet both share a connection rooted to a legend that started eight hundred years ago.

Gotham, Nottinghamshire

The village of Gotham, Nottinghamshire. This sign is frequently stolen. Photo credit: Birmingham Live


Source: amusingplanet.com

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