Lower Slaughter is a tiny hamlet in Gloucestershire located 4 miles from Stow-on-the-Wold, a popular market town. Through the middle of the village flows the River Eye which also passes through neighboring Upper Slaughter. The name “slaughter” comes from the Old English word for muddy land, “slough” or “slothre.”
The most well known attraction in Lower Slaughter is the Old Mill Museum. The Old Mill is located on the west end of town. Constructed in the 18th century, it was used till 1958 after which it was converted into a gift shop and café. Lower Slaughter also has a small but attractive Anglican Church dedicated to St. Mary.
Upper Slaughter is only a mile away from Lower Slaughter and you can walk there in about 25 minutes along the footpath called Warden’s Way which includes several picturesque stone footbridges. This can be a pleasant way to spend some time and see both villages before pressing on with your Cotswold trip. If you have a little more time you can enjoy the mile and a half walk (about 40 minutes) from Lower Slaughter to Bourton-on-the-Water.
While Lower Slaughter contains a number of pretty stone cottages, none of them are open to guests. Since there are no inns in Lower Slaughter you will need to seek accommodation in Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton On The Water or in the Manor House in Upper Slaughter.