Upper Slaughter

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Upper Slaughter
Upper Slaughter Fjord.jpg
Upper Slaughter
Upper Slaughter is located in Gloucestershire
Upper Slaughter
Upper Slaughter
Upper Slaughter shown within Gloucestershire
Population 177 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference SP154231
Civil parish
  • Upper Slaughter
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district GL54
Dialling code 01451
Police Gloucestershire
Fire Gloucestershire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
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

Upper Slaughter is a village in the English county of Gloucestershire located in the Cotswold district located 4 miles (6.4 km) south west of the town of Stow-on-the-Wold. Nearby places include Lower Slaughter, Bourton-on-the-Water and Daylesford.

The village is built on both banks of the River Eye. The Anglican parish church is dedicated to St. Peter.[2][3]

Upper Slaughter was identified by author Arthur Mee as one of 32 Thankful Villages, although more recent work suggests a total of 52.[4] This term referred to the small number of villages in England and Wales which had lost no men in World War I, and was popularised by Mee in the 1930s. In Enchanted Land (1936), the introductory volume to "The King's England" series of guides, he wrote "that a Thankful Village was one which had lost no men in the Great War because all those who left to serve came home again."[5] Although the village was subject to an air raid, it also lost no men in World War II, an honour held by only 14 villages, collectively known as the Doubly Thankful Villages.[5][6]

Lords of the Manor Hotel, Upper Slaughter

The parliamentary constituency is represented by Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP.

Upper Slaughter Manor, a Grade I Listed property


The name of the village derives form the Old English term "slough" meaning "wet land".[7]

The manor of Upper Slaughter is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086; the Slaughter family acquired it in the late 12th century. The current building, on the site of an ancient building, was constructed over many years, starting in the Tudor era. Its crypt is estimated to be from the 14th century.[8]

The largest business in the village is the Lords of the Manor Hotel. The building dates from 1649 and has been a hotel since 1960s. The owners continue to furnish the house with portraits and antiques belonging to the former owner.[9] Other hotels serving the two Slaughter villages include The Slaughters Country Inn and Lower Slaughter Manor.[10]

In 1906, the cottages around the square were reconstructed by architect Sir Edward Lutyens.[11]


The Old School House, a Grade II listed property

Places of architectural interest include:

  • St Peter's Church
  • Upper Slaughter Manor
  • Home Farmhouse
  • The Old School House
  • Castle Mound
  • Rose Row
  • The Square



Media related to Upper Slaughter at Wikimedia Commons

  • The Buildings of England Gloucestershire 1: The Cotswolds, David Verey and Alan Brooks, Penguin Books 1999