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Upper Slaughter, Gloucestershire

Historical Description

Slaughter, Upper, a parish in Gloucestershire, 2 miles NNW of Bourton-on-the-Water station on the G.W.R., and 3½ miles SW of Stow-on-the-Wold. Post town, Bourton-on-the-Water (R.S.O.); money order office, Lower Slaughter; telegraph office, Bourton-on-the-Water. Acreage, 2003; population of the civil parish, 320; of the ecclesiastical, 301. There is a parish council of five members. The old manor house, now occupied as a farmhouse, is a fine Elizabethan structure, and was once the residence of the Slaughter family. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; gross value, £130 with residence. The church is Norman and Early English. It has a north chapel, built in 1855, containing an altar-tomb to the Rev. F. E. Witts, rector of the parish. The chancel retains a piscina and sedilia, and there are brasses to the Slaughter family.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyGloucestershire 
Ecclesiastical parishUpper Slaughter St. Peter 
Poor Law unionStow-on-the-Wold 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Upper Slaughter 1538-1837, Gloucestershire is available to browse online.

The register, including Eyford, dates from the year 1538.

The Gloucestershire Parish Registers are available online at Ancestry, in association with Gloucestershire Archives.


Church of England

St. Peter (parish church)

The church of St. Peter is a building of stone, in the Norman and Early English styles, consisting of chancel, nave of three bays, north aisle, north chapel, south porch and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing a clock and 5 bells: in the chapel, separated from the aisle by a stone screen, is an altar tomb to the Rev. F. E. Witts, late rector (and grandfather of the Rev. Francis Edward Broome Witts M.A., a later rector), who died in 1854, and in the chancel is a tablet to Andrew Wanley esq, of Eyford, dated 1688; and a monument to the Rev. Fernando Tracy Travell, a former rector, dated 1808: there are brasses to John Slaughter, ob. 1583; Eleanor, his wife, ob. 1597; and Paris, his son, ob. 1597: the south wall of the chancel retains a double piscina and sedilia: the stained east window was presented in 1882 by the late Rev. Edward Francis Witts, rector here from 1854, and his wife, and in 1889 two memorial windows were erected to him by his family: the church was restored in 1877, at a cost of £2,100, and has sittings for 250 persons.


Primitive Methodist Chapel

The Primitive Methodist chapel was built in 1885

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Upper Slaughter from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Gloucestershire is available to browse.


Online maps of Upper Slaughter are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering Gloucestershire online:

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of the county of Gloucester, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.

RegionSouth West
Postal districtGL54
Post TownCheltenham