Upper Slaughter

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Upper Slaughter
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Upper Slaughter
Grid reference: SP154231
Location: 51°54’22"N, 1°46’37"W
Post town: Cheltenham
Postcode: GL54
Dialling code: 01451
Local Government
Council: Cotswold

Upper Slaughter is a pretty village in Gloucestershire, amongst the Cotswold Hills. It stands on both banks of the River Eye, upstream of the village of Lower Slaughter. It is found four miles south west of the town of Stow-on-the-Wold. Nearby are the villages of Bourton-on-the-Water and Daylesford.

The parish church is dedicated to St Peter.[1][2]

A Thankful Village

Upper Slaughter is a Thankful Village, one of the very few villages in Britain which lost no men in First World War. It is indeed Doubly Thankful, as Upper Slaughter lost none of its sons in the Second World War either, a distinction of just 14 villages, and so it has no war memorial.

Arthur Mee identified just 32 Thankful Villages[3] though more recent work suggests a total of 52: a tiny number nevertheless across the whole land.

The village did not escape war: men of Upper Slaughter served in both World Wars, and in 1944 the village was subject to an air raid. On 4 February 1944, German aircraft dropped incendiary bombs on the village, as they returned from bombing Cheltenham. By 5:30 am the village was burning, but villagers gathered swiftly with water and sand to douse the flames. No-one was killed in the raid.[4]

About the village

Places of architectural interest include:

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

Picture gallery

See also


("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Upper Slaughter)
  1. Nikolaus Pevsner: Pevsner Architectural Guides
  2. A History of the County of Gloucester - Volume 6 pp134–142: {{{2}}} (Victoria County History) - [1]
  3. Enchanted Land by Arthur Mee (1936), the introductory volume to "The King’s England" series. "a Thankful Village was one which had lost no men in the Great War because all those who left to serve came home again."
  4. 'Thankful villages: The places where everyone came back from the wars': Jon Kelly in BBC News Magazine 11 November 2011
  • Very, David and Brooks, Alan: 'The Buildings of England Gloucestershire 1: The Cotswolds' (Penguin Books, 1999)