Thursday Doors

Thursday Doors Lower Slaughter

Strangely enough, this Gloucestershire village is not the site of some bloody battle. It doesn’t even have an abattoir. Its name comes from the word “slough”, meaning a muddy bog or water-logged area. As in the “slough of despond” in John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress”. Slough became Slaughter.


The picturesque village straddles the River Eye, no doubt the cause of all the flooding. Somehow I have managed to get the correct exposure of the reflection in the stream while overexposing the cottages with their two white doors.

Note the stacked logs, ready for the winter fires


The honey-coloured Cotswold sandstone is beautiful. The door of this house is surrounded by Virginia Creeper.


You can walk across the fields to Upper Slaughter, or follow the River Eye to Bourton-on-the-Water.

According to Wikipedia, Lower Slaughter has been inhabited for over 1,000 years. The Domesday Book entry has the village name as “Sclostre”. It further notes that in 1066 and 1086 that the manor was in the sheriff’s hands. Now the village is in the hands of the local parish council, which refused to permit a tricycle selling ice-cream in the summer as children might climb on it and fall into the stream. You can’t be too careful, can you?

By Dr Alfred Prunesquallor

Maverick doctor with 40 years experience, I reduced my NHS commitment in 2013. I am now enjoying being free lance, working where I am needed overseas. Now I am working in the UK helping with the current coronavirus pandemic.

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