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Holy Trinity Church, Slad
Slad is located in Gloucestershire
Slad shown within Gloucestershire
Population388 (2011 census)
OS grid referenceSO873076
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°46′00″N 2°11′00″W / 51.766667°N 2.183333°W / 51.766667; -2.183333Coordinates: 51°46′00″N 2°11′00″W / 51.766667°N 2.183333°W / 51.766667; -2.183333

Slad is a village in Gloucestershire, England, in the Slad Valley about 2 miles (3 km) from Stroud on the B4070 road from Stroud to Birdlip.

Slad is notable for being the home and final resting place of Laurie Lee, whose book Cider with Rosie is a description of growing up in the village from his arrival at the age of three in 1917. Having bought a cottage there with the proceeds from the book, he returned to live permanently in Slad during the 1960s after being away for some thirty years.

The Slad Brook runs along the bottom of the valley. There is a small parish church in the village (Holy Trinity Church, a Grade II listed building[1]) and a small traditional pub, The Woolpack.[2]

Between 1970 and 1980 the poets Frances and Michael Horovitz lived at "Mullions", the end cottage of the settlement of Piedmont in an offshoot of the valley only accessible by foot from Slad. Frances' poetry from that period often refers to the surroundings there, as does Michael's Midsummer Morning Jog Log (1986).[3] Horovitz’s continued occasional residence is testified not simply by that poem but by his use of the cottage as the editorial address of his magazine New Departures into the 1990s.[4]


Slad is in the civil parish of Painswick, the district of Stroud, the county of Gloucestershire[5] and the parliamentary constituency of Stroud.[5]


  1. ^ Historic England. "Church of Holy Trinity  (Grade II) (1091579)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Home page". The Woolpack, Slad. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  3. ^ Horovitz, Michael; Blake, Peter (14 April 1986). Midsummer Morning Jog Log. Five Seasons Press. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  4. ^ Horovitz, Michael (19 May 1995). "Fiddling". The Times Literary Supplement (letter). Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Election Maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 2013-08-12.

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