Guiting Power is a small Gloucestershire village (population of around 300), with a tricky to pronounce name.
The village is on the site of an Anglo Saxon settlement called Gyting Broc, dating back to around the 8th century.
Over 50% of the houses in the village are owned and rented out by the Guiting Manor Amenity Trust.
What’s in a name?
Guiting (pronounced gitting) comes from the Saxon word getinge, which meant rushing and also features in the name of the nearby village of Temple Guiting. It’s possibly a reference to the river Windrush that flows through the valley below the village.
The Power bit comes from the lePohers, who were the lords of the manor that the village is based on, dating back to the time of Edward the Confessor.
The village is located approximately half way between the villages of Stow on the Wold and Winchcombe. It’s also close to the very popular Gloucestershire villages of Lower and Upper Slaughter.
As with many Cotswolds villages there are numerous walking routes and footpaths that pass nearby, for example the 14 mile Warden’s Way that links the Oxford Way at Bourton on the Water with the Cotswold Way in Winchcombe.
Fortunately for the weary traveller, despite its small size, the village has two pubs, the Farmers Arms and the Hollow Bottom.
The Hollow Bottom is at the north western end of the village and recently became part of the Lucky Onion group of establishments.
We haven’t had the opportunity to visit since the takeover but they describe themselves as ‘Gloucestershire’s Premier Racing Pub’ on their website.
Guiting Power is of course, quite close to Cheltenham, home of the famous horse racing festival.
The Farmers Arms is a traditional pub at the other end of the village, serving food and ales and a favourite with locals and visitors alike.
So wherever you are in the village, it’s not far to go if you need a drink.
In addition to its two pubs, the village also has two churches.
Just at the southern entrance to the village is the Anglo-Saxon church of St Michael’s and All Angels, parts of which date back to Norman times. It’s now a Grade II listed building.
Towards the other end of the village is Guiting Power Baptist Church.
The village also has its own post office, village hall, guest house and a couple of shops.
Whilst it might seem surprising to have so many facilities in such a small village, it was a larger village, perhaps up until the start of the 20th century but a decline in the farming industry brought with it a decline of the village.
By the middle of the 20th Century many of the houses in the village had fallen into disrepair. It was only thanks to the renovation work of Moyra Davidson and subsequently the charitable trust that the village was able to recover and thrive.