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Lower Slaughter Copse River Winrush at Lower SlaughterT Daffodils by the Windrush
Two of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds are Upper Slaughter and Lower Slaughter. Lower Slaughter especially is much sought out by tourists eager to record the scenery with their camera's.

The name of Slaughter has no connection with blood but is derived from the old English word Slohtre meaning a muddy place, which it may once have been but not anymore.
Horses outside the Mill shop
These villages are only just over a mile from Bourton-on-the-Water but are completely different in character, they are very secluded and quiet, no shops restaurants or attractions. Just Lower Slaughter Manor built in 1658 for the High Sheriff of Gloucestershire and now a grand country house hotel and a Victorian corn mill, with a working water wheel. The mill has been converted into a gift shop and museum and is owned by one of the countries premier former jazz singers. Also worth visiting is the pretty little church of St. Mary, which is usually decorated with flowers.

As parking is very restricted it is recommended that a pleasant walk from Bourton may be advisable

Most visitors spend longer parking than they do walking around the villages. There are some nice photo opportunities especially in the spring, and the river Eye draping itself through the centre of the village sets off the cottages and their small colourful gardens to perfection. It is well worth the effort to walk the footpath between the two villages to explore their different characters and absorb the atmosphere and beauty of the surroundings.

Lower Slaughter Cottages St Mary's church Lower Slaughter Old Mill
Lower Slaughter foot bridge 2011 Upper slaughter St Peter Daffodils 2012
Upper Slaughter 2002 & 2008
Upper slaughter is harder to find than lower slaughter and not so picturesque, consequently it can be missed by passing tourists, which would be a mistake as it is a charming village. It has an historic Norman Church, St. Peters with parts dating back to the 12th century.

The village consists of typical Cotswold stone houses with dormers mullions and dripstones, there have been few new buildings in the past century. The cottages that comprise The Square were reconstructed by the well known architect Sir Edward Lutyens in 1906, there is also The lords of the Manor Hotel formerly The Manor House and a tiny Methodist chapel down by the brook dating from 1865 and now in use as a pottery.
St Peters Church Upper Slaughter upper slaughter village
The ford at Upper Slaughter St Peters Church Upper Slaughter