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The mill was originally part of Lower Slaughter Manor, which was built in 1658 for the High Sheriff of Gloucestershire. Lower Slaughter is home to the pretty church of St Mary.The church and its impressive spire were re-built in 1867 but some arches between the nave and the south aisle date back to the thirteenth century while the church of St Peter's, in Upper Slaughter, is a historic Norman church with parts dating from the 12th century .Cocker recorded the single "Marjorine" without the Grease Band for Cordell in a London studio.He then moved to London with Chris Stainton, and the Grease Band was dissolved.Cocker's main musical influences growing up were Ray Charles and Lonnie Donegan.Cocker's first experience singing in public was at age 12 when his elder brother Victor invited him on stage to sing during a gig of his skiffle group.The only attraction is a restored nineteenth century flour mill in Lower Slaughter, where the River Eye meets the north-west corner of the village.The mill was last used commercially in 1958 and its tall chimney cuts an imposing figure.
Cocker was not related to fellow Sheffield-born musician Jarvis Cocker, despite a rumour to this effect (particularly in Australia, where Jarvis Cocker's father, the radio presenter Mac Cocker, allowed listeners to believe that he was Cocker's brother).
In 1964, Cocker signed a recording contract as a solo act with Decca and released his first single, a cover of the Beatles' "I'll Cry Instead" (with Big Jim Sullivan and Jimmy Page playing guitars).
Despite extensive promotion from Decca lauding his youth and working-class roots, the record was a flop and his recording contract with Decca lapsed at the end of 1964.
Just over a mile from Bourton-on-the-Water are the twin villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter.
The name comes from old English 'Slohtre', which has nothing to do with killing things and means, simply, 'Muddy place'. They are the epitome of idyllic, civilised Cotswold charm.