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St Michael, Guiting Power, Gloucestershire

(51°55′8″N, 1°51′47″W)
Guiting Power
SP 095 245
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Gloucestershire
now Gloucestershire
medieval Worcester
now Gloucester
  • John Wand
2 August 2019

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Guiting Power is a Cotswold village situated on the slopes of a small valley about 5 miles NW of Bourton-on-the-Water. The church, which is built of limestone, was formerly situated in the centre of the village but due to the demolition of buildings since 1900 it is now on the S edge of the village. The building is of 12thc origins, but was extensively remodelled in the 13thc and again in the 15thc. The S transept was built in 1844 and the Romanesque S doorway was moved to its S end. The church was thoroughly restored in 1903, including rebuilding the dilapidated chancel. The Romanesque N doorway is still in its original position, but has been restored.


Domesday Book records that in 1066 the manor of 'Getinge' was leased by Edward the Confessor to his sheriff Alwine, and in 1086 it was held by William Goizenboded. A priest is also mentioned in the Domesday Survey, suggesting the existence of a church; the remains of an 11-12th-c church have been excavated near to the present church. By 1200 the manor was held by the Le Poers family, who gave their name to the village and the tithes of the church to Bruern Abbey in Oxfordshire.


Exterior Features



W. Bunting, Lambeth Palace Library ICBS 3291 1843.

Historic England Building listing 1089532.

T. Overbury, "The Churches of Temple Guiting and Guiting Power", Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society, 46 (1924), 103-9.

J. O. Scott and F. W. Waller, Lambeth Palace Library ICBS 10375, ff 1-104 1901.

  1. D. Verey and A. Brooks, The Buildings of England, Gloucestershire I: the Cotswolds, London 1999, 394-5.

A. Williams and G. H. Martin (eds.), Domesday Book. A Complete Translation, London 2003, 461.