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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.
Upper Slaughter was identified by author Arthur Mee as one of 32 Thankful Villages, although more recent work suggests a total of 52. 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." 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.
The parliamentary constituency is represented by Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP.
The name of the village derives form the Old English term "slough" meaning "wet land".
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.
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. Other hotels serving the two Slaughter villages include The Slaughters Country Inn and Lower Slaughter Manor.
In 1906, the cottages around the square were reconstructed by architect Sir Edward Lutyens.
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
- "Parish population 2015". Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- The Buildings of England, ed Nikolaus_Pevsner
- Elrington, C. R. (1965). A History of the County of Gloucester: volume 6. pp. 134–142.
- "The thankful villages by Norman Thorpe, Rod Morris and Tom Morgan". Hellfirecorner.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-06-09.
- Kelly, Jon (11 November 2011). "Thankful villages: The places where everyone came back from the wars". BBC News. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
- "Parishes - Upper Slaughter | A History of the County of Gloucester: volume 6 (pp. 134–142)". British-history.ac.uk. 1913-10-04. Retrieved 2013-06-09.
- The Buildings of England Gloucestershire 1: The Cotswolds, David Verey and Alan Brooks, Penguin Books 1999
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