The name of the village of Lower Slaughter originates from the Old English name – ‘slough’ or ‘slothre’ – for wet land or ‘muddy place’. This quaint village sits beside the little Eye stream and is known for its unspoilt traditional Cotswold style limestone cottages.
The stream runs through the village and is crossed by two small bridges, and a delightful converted water mill, complete with original water wheel, is now home to a cafe, and sells gifts and crafts.
Upper Slaughter is a mile away from Lower Slaughter and resides on a gentle grassy slope above the stream that connects the two villages.
The village was once dominated by a Norman castle but all that can be seen of this today are the remains of the motte and bailey. The beautiful gabled Manor House, one of the finest buildings in the area, now dominates Upper Slaughter. The oldest part of the house dates from the 15th century, whilst the frontage is Elizabethan.
For more information on the Cotswolds please visit www.cotswolds.info.