"Upper Slaughter" Gloucestershire Things to Do Tip by leffe3

Gloucestershire Things to Do: 44 reviews and 119 photos

Upper (and Lower - see separate tip) Slaughter has nothing to do with mass genocide. Unlike a school trip where a school teacher informed us the name derived from a mass battle during the English Civil War between Royalists and Roundheads, the name 'slaughter' here comes from the old English word 'slohtre' which means muddy place.

The River Eye flows through this tiny village and it was the place we escaped to following the disappointment of Bourton. At a mile north west, it was an easy escape.

Upper Slaughter is the lesser of the two Slaughters in terms of tourism (it's that much further than Lower from the main road), but to my mind is far the more picturesque of the two. There's essentially a few homes, a lovely Norman style church dating from the 12th century and a small village square where the cottages were reconstructed in 1906 by renowned architect Sir Edward Luytens. The former Manor House on the edge of town has been converted into a luxury hotel. (Lords of the Manor)

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  • Updated Nov 19, 2010
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