Guiting Power

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Guiting Power
Guiting Power, looking South East down the village - - 53440.jpg
Guiting Power, looking south-east down the village
Guiting Power is located in Gloucestershire
Guiting Power
Guiting Power
Location within Gloucestershire
Population296 (2011 Census)
Civil parish
  • Guiting Power
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Historic countyGloucestershire
Post townCheltenham
Postcode districtGL54
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
51°55′N 1°52′W / 51.917°N 1.867°W / 51.917; -1.867Coordinates: 51°55′N 1°52′W / 51.917°N 1.867°W / 51.917; -1.867

Guiting Power is a village and civil parish in the Cotswolds, in Gloucestershire, England. The population of the parish at the 2011 census was 296.[1]

Guiting Power stands on the slopes of a small valley formed by a tributary of the River Windrush, mid-way between Cheltenham and Stow-on-the-Wold, and lies to the north of the parish church, which is located at Ordnance Survey grid reference SP 096246.


Excavations have revealed Iron Age activity and a Roman figurine. There was a late Anglo-Saxon settlement on the site of the present village, when it was called Gyting Broc, and archaeological research has shown that there has been a settlement on this land since about 780 or even earlier. Finds include a small Saxon sarcophagus and the remains of an early Saxo-Norman chapel.

The village was at the heart of a manor owned by King Edward the Confessor, but it had declined by the time of the Domesday Book of 1086. The name Guiting is believed to derive from the Anglo-Saxon word getinge, meaning rushing, which may refer to the Windrush River, while the name Power comes from medieval lords of the manor called Le Poher.[2]

A brass monument in the church dated 1712 commemorates John Walker, Lord of the Manor.[3] In 1872, the manor was owned by another J. Walker. The population of the village was then 647, and there were 161 dwellings. The church was in good condition, and there was also a Baptist chapel.[4]

Guiting quarry

There are abandoned quarries at Guiting where the "yellow" and "white Guiting" limestone was mined; other areas of the Cotswolds more often used the oolite stone.[5] Quarries in nearby villages still produce this type of stone.[6]

In the 1930s, twelve cottages were bought by Moyra Davidson for renovation, but by the 1950s the village was run down, thanks to a post-war depression in the farming industry, which then provided most local employment.[7]

In 1968, the manor of Guiting Power, including about half of the houses in the village, was bought by Raymond Cochrane, who intended to renovate and develop the village. In the 1970s, he formed the Guiting Manor Amenity Trust, a charitable body, to own his estate after his death. The Trust continues to own and manage the Cochrane property, including 67 houses, some of which it rents as affordable housing.[8][9] Many of the properties have been renovated by the Trust.[10]

The Trust also owns 580 acres of farm land, which is rented to its subsidiary, Guiting Manor Farms Ltd, a company which specializes in sustainable food production. Various crops are grown and sheep are raised;[11] the lambs are sold for meat.[12]

Facilities and features[edit]

The village is unusual for its size in having a Post Office, a village hall, a children's nursery, a bakery, a village shop, and two public houses, the Farmer's Arms and the Hollow Bottom. Nearby are the excavated foundations of the original Anglo-Saxon church and a large kerbed round barrow shown as a tumulus on Ordnance Survey maps.[13] To a large extent, the village owes its preservation to the Guiting Manor Amenity Trust.

The Farmer's Arms pub

The Wardens' Way passes through the village, on its 14-mile (23 km) route from Bourton-on-the-Water to Winchcombe, passing close by the church. It joins the Oxfordshire Way to the Cotswold Way and can be combined with the Windrush Way to make a circular route. It passes through the Cotswold villages of Guiting Power, Naunton, Lower Slaughter and Upper Slaughter.

A village School was built in 1872. When this was closed down, the building was bought by the Trust and converted into a village playschool nursery for the residents' children.[8]

There is a 17-acre (6.9 ha) wetland nature reserve, where a rich flora and fauna thrive.

The nearby Cotswolds Farm Park, privately owned by Adam Henson,[14] is a tourist attraction with some fifty different breeds of farm animals. The farm park also operates a campsite with "pitches" for campers, fourteen of them with electricity.[15][16]


The parish church of St Michael and All Angels stands at the south end of the village. It is of Norman origin, with a later Victorian transept added. The north and south doorways were preserved in the renovations at that time. Extensive remodeling took place in the 13th and 15th centuries, and the church was enlarged in the first half of the 1800s.[17] The 12th century chancel was extensively modified in 1903. The church is in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building (List entry Number: 1089532, June 1980).[18][5]

St Michael's is part of a team ministry called the Benefice of the Seven Churches, which also includes Temple Guiting, Cutsdean, Farmcote, Lower Slaughter with Eyford, Upper Slaughter, and Naunton.[19]

"Guiting Power" is a hymn tune by John Barnard, named after the village, for the hymn "Christ triumphant, ever reigning".

Guiting Music Festival[edit]

The Guiting Music Festival (formerly the "Guiting Festival") was founded in 1970. It runs for ten days, starting in the last week of July every year.[20] It typically comprises eight evening concerts, covering the genres of classical music, folk, and jazz. These are normally held in the Village Hall. Two open-air concerts are held in the adjacent playing fields on the first and second Sundays. The festival is a Registered Charity (No. 1100808).[21]

Notable residents[edit]

SAS soldier and author Lofty Large grew up in Guiting Power.[22]



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  2. ^ "history". Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  3. ^ Historic England. "CHURCH OF ST MICHAEL, Guiting Power (1089532)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  4. ^ "History of Guiting Power, in Cotswold and Gloucestershire – Map and description". Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 June 2018. Retrieved 23 June 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Appendix 11 – Natural Stone Quarries" (PDF). Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Guiting Power Tourist Information & Guide". Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 June 2018. Retrieved 23 June 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Hall, Damian (30 April 2016). Walking in the Cotswolds: 30 circular walks in the AONB. Cicerone Press Limited. ISBN 9781783623334. Retrieved 12 May 2019 – via Google Books.
  10. ^ Child, Mark (15 May 2010). The Windrush Valley. Amberley Publishing Limited. ISBN 9781445631615. Retrieved 12 May 2019 – via Google Books.
  11. ^ Classroom, Countryside. "Guiting Manor Farms Ltd". Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  12. ^ "History of the Farm – Guiting Manor Farms Ltd". Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Guiting Power 3 round barrow". University of Bradford Division of Archaeological, Geographical and Environmental Sciences. 29 July 1998. Archived from the original on 23 December 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2008.
  14. ^ "Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park – Guiting power – Days Out – The AA". Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  15. ^ "About – Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park". Cotswold Farm Park. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  16. ^ Outdoors, Digital. "Cotswold Farm Park Campsite in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire". Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  17. ^ "Guiting Power, St Michael's Church, History & Photos – Historic Gloucestershire Guide". Britain Express. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  18. ^ Stuff, Good. "Church of St Michael, Guiting Power, Gloucestershire". Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  19. ^ "Seven Churches". Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  20. ^ Watts, Clare. "Guiting Festival 2019". The 48th Guiting Music Festival. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  21. ^ "Charity overview". Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  22. ^ Large, Lofty (1999). Soldier against the odds. Mainstream Publishing. p. 117. ISBN 978-1-84018-346-7.

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