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Lane through Slaughterford
Slaughterford is located in Wiltshire
 Slaughterford shown within Wiltshire
OS grid reference ST841739
Civil parish Biddestone
Unitary authority Wiltshire
Ceremonial county Wiltshire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district SN14
Dialling code 01249
Police Wiltshire
Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament North Wiltshire
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Coordinates: 51°27′50″N 2°13′48″W / 51.464°N 2.230°W / 51.464; -2.230

Slaughterford is a small village and former civil parish about 5 miles (8 km) west of Chippenham, Wiltshire, in the South West of England. The village is at a crossing point of the Bybrook River, in a wooded valley between Castle Combe and Box.


The Manor Farmhouse is from 1753.[1]

Slaughterford was a separate parish, with its own church, until it was amalgamated with Biddestone in 1844.[2]

The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) said of it:

SLAUGHTERFORD, a parish in the hundred of Chippenham, county of Wilts, 5 miles N. W. of Chippenham, its post town, and 9 E. of Bath. The village, which is considerable, is situated on Box brook, a branch of the river Avon. In the vicinity is Bury-Wood camp, on the Fosse Way. The living is a perpetual curacy annexed to the rectory of Biddestone, in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. The church, dedicated to St. Nicholas, is an ancient structure with a tower containing one bell.[3]

Slaughterford Parish church

Religious sites[edit]

The church of St Nicholas is Grade II* listed.[4] Built in the 15th century, it was partly destroyed circa 1649 by Cromwell's troops on their way to Ireland, and lay in ruins until it was rebuilt in 1823. There was further restoration in 1883. In 2015 the church was still in use, with services on alternate Sundays.[5][6]

A Quaker meeting house was in use from the 17th century; it became disused and collapsed in the 1960s.[7]


  1. ^ Historic England. "Manor Farmhouse, Slaughterford, Biddestone (1198948)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Biddestone parish". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  3. ^ Slaughterford at
  4. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Nicholas, Slaughterford (1363574)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Church of St. Nicholas, Slaughterford, Biddestone". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "St Nicholas, Slaughterford". Church of England. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Friends Meeting House, Slaughterford". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Slaughterford at Wikimedia Commons