Badminton, Gloucestershire

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Badminton
Fence 12, Badminton Horse Trials - geograph.org.uk - 794809.jpg
Badminton Horse Trials
Badminton is located in Gloucestershire
Badminton
Badminton
 Badminton shown within Gloucestershire
Population 258 (2001)
OS grid reference ST8082
Civil parish Badminton
Unitary authority South Gloucestershire
Ceremonial county Gloucestershire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BADMINTON
Postcode district GL9
Dialling code 01454
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Avon
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Thornbury and Yate
List of places
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Gloucestershire

Coordinates: 51°32′35″N 2°17′06″W / 51.543°N 2.285°W / 51.543; -2.285

Badminton is a village and civil parish in Gloucestershire, England. It consists of Great Badminton and Little Badminton.

The main street in 2013

History[edit]

In 1612 Edward Somerset, 4th Earl of Worcester, bought from Nicholas Boteler his manors of Great and Little Badminton, called Madmintune [sic] in the Domesday Book while one century earlier the name Badimyncgtun was recorded,[1][2] held by that family since 1275.

Badminton House[edit]

The village is close to the Duke of Beaufort's residence, Badminton House, which has been the principal seat of the Somerset family since the late 17th century. Badminton House also gives its name to the sport badminton.

Horse trials[edit]

The village is famous for its horse trials, which take place in early May each year in the grounds of Badminton House.

St Michael and All Angels[edit]

The parish church of St Michael and All Angels in Great Badminton is attached to the Duke of Beaufort's residence.[3] The current church was built in 1785 and serves as the principal burial place of the Somerset family. Nearly all Dukes and Duchesses are interred here. A smaller church, also dedicated to St Michael and All Angels, stands in neighbouring Little Badminton.[4]

Little Badminton[edit]

To the north of the main village is the small rural settlement of Little Badminton. Here can be found farm houses, cottages and estate lodges very much in the traditional Cotswold style of architecture. Remains of a medieval 'sunken village' can be seen in Little Badminton, as well as an ornamental dovecote or croft, which is mentioned in the Domesday book.

Notable events[edit]

Field Marshal FitzRoy James Henry Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan, aide-de-camp to the Duke of Wellington in the Peninsular War and later commander of all the British forces in the Crimean War was born, raised and buried in Badminton. He was the youngest son of the 5th Duke of Beaufort.

The village of Badminton played host to the Dowager Queen Mary during the Second World War, who was evacuated from Marlborough House in London to take up residence at Badminton House for the duration of the war. She lived here with her close relative Mary, Duchess of Beaufort, wife of the 10th Duke.

An air show was held in Badminton until the early 1990s, when new safety rules forced it to close.[citation needed]

Badminton Golf Club (now defunct) was founded in the late 1890s or early 1900s. The club closed in 1914. [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harris, Badminton Guide Book.
  2. ^ Mills, A. D. (2003). A Dictionary of British Place-Names. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-852758-6. 
  3. ^ St Michael and All Angels Church, Great Badminton, 19 July 2013
  4. ^ St Michael and All Angels Church, Little Badminton, 19 July 2013
  5. ^ “Badminton Golf Club”, “Golf’s Missing Links”.

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