Lower Slaughter

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Lower Slaughter
Lower Slaughter Cotswolds.jpg
Lower Slaughter is located in Gloucestershire
Lower Slaughter
Lower Slaughter
Location within Gloucestershire
OS grid referenceSP1638422561
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtGL54
Dialling code01451
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
51°54′22″N 1°46′37″W / 51.906°N 1.777°W / 51.906; -1.777Coordinates: 51°54′22″N 1°46′37″W / 51.906°N 1.777°W / 51.906; -1.777

Lower Slaughter is a village in the Cotswold district of Gloucestershire, England, 4 miles (6.4 km) south west of Stow-on-the-Wold.

The village is built on both banks of the River Eye, a slow-moving stream crossed by two footbridges, which also flows through Lower Slaughter’s twin village Upper Slaughter. At the west end of the village there is a 19th-century water mill with an undershot waterwheel and a chimney for additional steam power. There is a ford where the river widens in the village and several small stone footbridges join the two sides of the community. While the mill is built of red brick most of the 16th and 17th century homes in the village use Cotswold limestone and are adorned with mullioned windows and often with other embellishments such as projecting gables.

The name of the village derives form the Old English term "slough" meaning "wet land".[1]


Lower Slaughter has been inhabited for over 1,000 years. The Domesday Book entry has the village name as "Sclostre". It further notes that in 1066 and 1086 that the manor was in the sheriff's hands.[2]

The village had a small school by 1863, but it was closed in 1931.

Lower Slaughter Manor, a Grade-II listed A house has stood on the site of today's manor since at least the year 1004. The current house has been added to and altered over many generations, with significant sections dating from the late 17th century. A Norman knight, Sir Philip de Sloitre, who was granted land here by William the Conqueror in the 11th century. SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: Philip de Sloitre, 11th century. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Sir George Whitmore, early 17th century; Charles Algernon Whitmore, late 19th century; Whitmore family here from 1611 until 1964. Roy and Daphne Vaughan, 20th century..[3]

Interior of St Mary's

The 13th century Anglican parish church, Grade II listed, is dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin. Much of the current structure was built in 1867, based on plans by architect Benjamin Ferrey.[4][5]


Road signs

Tourism is the primary business in the village, an agricultural area. The 2016 population estimate was 236.[6] Hotels serving Upper and Lower Slaughter include The Slaughters Country Inn, Lords of the Manor and Lower Slaughter Manor. Since the village is served by small roads with narrow lanes, larger vehicles such as tour buses cannot enter. The only obvious tourist attraction is the Old Mill Museum and its River Cafe and Riverside tea room. Tourists are attracted by the many very old and quaint buildings.

In 2013, the Parish Council opposed an icebox tricycle selling ice creams seven days a week, six months of the year, arguing that the trading times were excessive, increased footfall would prevent the grass from growing and children could climb on the trike and fall into the nearby river.[7]

The 1944 film "Tawny Pipit" was filmed here.[8] More recently, parts of Emma (2020 film) were filmed in Lower Slaughter. Locations included the Village Hall, The Manor House and The Old Mill.[9]


  1. ^ "The Cotswolds". Archived from the original on 6 November 2018. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  2. ^ C. R. Elrington, ed. (1965). "Parishes: Lower Slaughter". A History of the County of Gloucester: volume 6. Institute of Historical Research. Archived from the original on 26 October 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2011.
  3. ^ "British History". Archived from the original on 21 April 2019. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Historic England". Archived from the original on 23 June 2018. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Cotswold District Council Online". Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  6. ^ "South West England". Archived from the original on 25 June 2018. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  7. ^ "The Telegraph". Archived from the original on 8 May 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  8. ^ IMDB
  9. ^ "Discover the filming locations of Emma". Visit Britain. Retrieved 5 December 2021.