Records indicate that there has been a settlement on this site since at least 780. Guiting is mentioned in the Doomsday Book and archaeological evidence suggest occupation goes right back to the Bronze Age. There are several Bronze Age Barrows in the area including one reconstruction in the middle of the old part of the Village.
A number of commercial excavations on farmland around the village have revealed significant Iron Age activity. Finds have included a Roman phallic figurine and the smallest Saxon sarcophagus ever found. The remains of a very early Saxo-Norman chapel were also found in the vicinity of the current church.
Why Guiting Power?
Guiting Power is based on its manor which belonged to King Edward (the Confessor) and was the seat of his sheriff Aldwyn. By the time of Doomsday it had declined and further declined when the then Lords, the lePohers, gave half the lands to the Cistercian Abbey of Bruern. It was from the lePohers that it got its name Power. Guiting comes from the Saxon getinge meaning rushing which presumably refers to the Windrush, then a considerable river.
The population of Guiting Power today is only a third of what it was in the 18th Century. Even at the start of the 20th Century, the village had 2 grocers, 2 tailors, a dressmaker, 2 shoemakers, a Post Office, 2 carpenters (one an undertaker!), a blacksmith, a Police Station and 2 Schools.