Great Badminton, Gloucestershire Family History Guide

Great Badminton is an Ancient Parish in the county of Gloucestershire.

Parish church: St. Michael

Parish registers begin: 1538

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Historical Descriptions

Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

Badminton, or Great Badminton, a village, a parish, and a ducal park in Chipping-Sodbury district, Gloucester. The village stands under the Cotswolds, on the SE verge of the county, 5 miles E by N of Chipping-Sodbury, and 7 E of Yate r. station. It has a post-office under Chippenham; and is a seat of petty sessions and a meet of the Beaufort hounds. The parish comprises 1,735 acres. Real property, £2,990. Pop., 524. Houses, 107. The property belongs all to the Duke of Beaufort; and most of it is included in his park. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, not reported. Patron, the Duke of Beaufort. The ancient church belonged to the abbey of Pershore; and the present one was built by the late Duke of Beaufort in 1785, stands within the park, lifts a pinnacle tower into view over the mansion, is a remarkably elegant structure, and contains many monuments of the Beaufort family, and the remains of Field-Marshal Lord Raglan. A free school and an alms-house have an income of £94, left in 1705 by the then Duchess-Dowager of Beaufort. The park is about 3 miles long, nearly 2 miles wide, and upwards of 9 miles in circuit; and contains some very fine woods and beautiful drives. The mansion in it was erected in 1682, by the first Duke of Beaufort; and succeeded Raglan castle, in Monmouthshire, as the principal seat of his family. The edifice is very extensive; consists of centre and wings; is in the Palladian style, with rusticated basement and two surmounting cupolas; and contains many family portraits, downward from John of Gaunt, some rare and curious pictures by the Italian masters, and the remarkable satirical piece by Salvator Rosa, which occasioned that artist's expulsion from Rome.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A Fullerton & Co. N.d.c. [1870-72]

Black's Guide to Gloucestershire 1865

Badminton, the seat of the Duke of Beaufort, is 16 miles distant, to the north-east of Bristol. This large and elegant mansion is situated in an extensive and finely-wooded park, and contains some fine paintings and sculptures and a good library. The Church is a tasteful modern edifice, and contains, among other monuments, a beautiful piece of sculpture to the memory of Henry Charles, sixth Duke of Beaufort. The remains of Field-Marshal Lord Raglan, commander-in-chief of the British army in the Crimea, are interred here.

Source: Black's guide to Gloucestershire. Black Adam and Charles, Ltd. 1865

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Badminton (Great), a parish in the upper division of the hund. of Grumbald's Ash, union of Chipping-Sodbury, county of Gloucester, situated on the borders of Wilts; 5½ miles east by north from Chipping-Sodbury, and 12 from Bath. Living, a discharged vicarage, with the chapelry of Little Budminton annexed, formerly in the archd. and dio. of Gloucester, now in the archd. of Bristol and dio. of Gloucester and Bristol; rated at £5 5s. 7½d.; gross income £7. Patron, in 1835, the duke of Beaufort. The church, erected by the late duke of Beaufort in 1785, is a remarkably elegant structure, richly decorated with ornamental statuary and memorials of the Beaufort family. An alms-house for three men and three women, and a school for the children of Great and Little Badminton and Littleton-Drew, are supported on a rent-charge of £94, given for the purpose in 1705, by Mary, duchess-dowager of Beaufort. Badminton-house, the residence of the duke of Beaufort, stands in a fine and very extensive park in this parish. It was erected in 1682 by the first duke of Beaufort. Pop., in 1801, 423; in 1831, 529. Houses 100. Acres 1,450. A. P. £2,563. Poor rates, in 1837, £229.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Badminton (Great), 2 m. E. Chipping-Sodbury. P. 502

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850

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Great Badminton Kellys Gloucestershire Directory 1863

Great Badminton is a parish and village, 7 miles east from Yate station, 10 north-west from Chippenham station, 16½ north-east from Bristol, 15 north-north-east from Bath, and 104 from London, in Grumbalds Ash hundred, Chipping Sodbury union and county court district. West Gloucestershire, rural deanery of Hawkesbury, Bristol archdeaconry, and Gloucester and Bristol bishopric. 

The church of St. Michael is a modern stone building, consecrated 1783; it consists of nave, aisles, and square tower containing 3 bells; it has some handsome monuments, particularly those by Rysbrack, to members of the Somerset family. In July, 1855, Field-Marshal Lord Raglan was buried here. The living is a donative vicarage, with residence, in the gift of the Duke of Beaufort; the Rev. Joseph Buckley, M.A., is the incumbent; the Rev. C. Mathew Perkins, M.A., of Lincoln College, Oxford, is the curate and resident clergyman. Badminton House is the principal seat of the Duke of Beaufort; the mansion is situated in a spacious park, fronting an avenue three miles in length. The population in 1861 was 524: the acreage is 1,735. The soil is various; the subsoil is oolite. The Duke of Beaufort is lord of the manor and sole landowner. Among the charities of this village is a school for the education of boys at a slight charge, connected with almshouses for six poor men or women, erected and endowed by Mary, the First Duchess of Beaufort, A. D. 1705, and liberally maintained by His Grace the present Duke. There is also a school for girls, called “The Duchess of Beaufort's School,” wherein, with others who pay a small weekly sum for education, twelve poor scholars are clothed and tanght free of all charge, at the expense of the present Duchess. In 1862 a new and commodious reading-room was erected here by His Grace for the benefit of his workpeople, tenantry and others. Honorary members are also admitted at a higher charge.

Private Residents.

Beaufort Duke of, Badminton house

Hatherell Mr. John Perkins

Rev. C. Mathew, M.A. Vicarage


Brown George, stud groom to the Duke of Beaufort

Butler William, farmer, Badminton frm

Clarke Thomas, huntsman to the Duke of Beaufort

Cole Charles Flower, grocer & draper

Cole George, carpenter & undertaker

Dauris John, Portcullis hotel, & posting house

Dix George, sen. baker

Guy Wm. toll collector, Badminton gate

Isaac Isaac, shopkeeper

Lloyd Elizabeth (Mrs.), preparatory schl

Thompson John, land agent & steward to the Duke of Beaufort

Trotter John, gardener to the Duke of Beaufort

Watts John, shopkeeper

Post Office & Post Office Savings Bank.— Jane Brooks, postmistress. Letters arrive through Chippenham at 4.30 a.m.; dispatched at 8 p.m. Money orders issued & paid at this office from 9 a.m. till 6 p.m

Duke of Beaufort's Free School, Christopher Llewellin, master; Ann Lewis, mistress.

Carrier. — Hope Eyles, to Chipping Sodbury, Wednesday & friday; to Chippenham, monday & friday.

Source: Post Office Directory of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and the City of Bristol, Printed and Published by Kelly and Co., Old Boswell Court, St. Clement’s, Strand, London. 1863.

Great Badminton Marriages

Marriages at Great Badminton 1538 to 1812

Note. – Volume I, 1538 to 1710. This volume consists of thirty-three parchment leaves, size 14 ¾ in. by 6 ½ in., condition good, handwriting fairly good throughout, binding half-calf, not original. The last eight entries of this volume occur also in Volume II, and have been collated therewith. One entry omitted in Volume I is found in Volume II.

Volume II, 1707 to 1768. This volume consists of twenty-nine leaves. Size 13 ¾ in. by 7 ½ in. Four leaves seem to have been cut out, but this does not apparently affect the entries. Condition and writing good; binding, the original parchment cover.

Volume III is a Register of Baptisms and Burials only.

Volume IV, 1768 to 1812. This volume contains the registration of Banns for the same period; the Marriage entries have therefore been collated with the entries of the Banns. The whole volume contains forty-seven leaves, of which twenty pages are filled with Banns, and thirty-five pages with Marriage entries. Size 14 ½ in. by 9 ½ in., condition and writing good, binding the original calf.

It should be noted that Little Badminton, called a “hamlet” in the Registers, has been, and is still, a part of the civil Parish of Hawkesbury, though in 1750 it was attached ecclesiastically to Great Badminton.

These extracts have been made by the Rev. F. Tower, vicar of Great Badminton, and are now printed by his leave and under his supervision, after collating the proof with the original Registers.

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Great Badminton Marriages 1800 to 1812

John Fletcher & Lucy Watts, 13 Apr. 1801

Isaac Isaac, senr., & Elizabeth Clark, 24 Oct. 1801

John Mitchell & Joanna Palmer, 26 Sept. 1802

William Rice & Susannah Alexander, lic., 2 Nov. 1802

Matthew Dowding & Sarah Smart, lic., 3 May 1803

William Palmer & Mary Maller, 3 July 1803

John Sainsbury, p. Acton Turville, & Elizabeth Hort, this p., 11 July 1803

Edward Biley, p. St. Giles-in-the-Fields, co. Middlesex, esq., b., & Emily Augusta Hollamby, this p. sp., lic., 2 Aug. 1803

Thomas Chappel & Jane Pritchard, 26 Dec. 1803

Jacob Evans & Hester Bailey, 17 Oct. 1804

Thomas Light, jun., & Sarah Biggs, 20 Jan. 1806

Thomas Beard, p. Tormarton, co. Gloucester, b., & Ann Osborne, this p., sp., lic., 8 Apr. 1806

Robert Liddington, p. Hawkesbury, & Mary Isles, this p., 14 Apr. 1806

Wm. Poole, p. Sherstone, & Jane Biggs, this p., 14 Apr. 1806

Job Cooper, p. Wotton-under-Edge, & Betty Walker, this p., 16 May 1808

Charles King, p. Brington, co. Northampton, and Diocese Peterborough, b., & Rebecca Bedwell, this p., sp., lic., 26 May 1808

John Harding, of Portsea, co. Southampton, & Sarah Pinnell, this p., 28 May 1809

William Thompson, p. Sherstone, & Mary Eaden, this p., 16 Oct. 1809

Thomas Harding & Sarah Clark, 10 Sept. 1810

[The first entry p. 34, headed “the year 1810”, reads thus:- ]

Thomas Smith, of this p., & Anna Courtier, of Little Badminton, in the parish of Hawkesbury, married in this … … by … … probably at Hawkesbury Church [the rest blank].

Isaac Penduck & Unity Arthur, 1 Apr. 1811

Robert Bailey, p. Hawkesbury, & Lucy Wheel, this p., 21 Oct. 1811

Joseph Witts & Ann Maller, 6 Apr. 1812

John Lewis, of Little Badminton, of p. of Hawkesbury, & Hannah Long, this p., 26 Nov. 1812

Source: Gloucestershire Parish Register. Marriages. Edited by W. P. W. Phillimore, M.A., B.C.L., Vol. XIII. Issued to the Subscribers by Phillimore & Co., 124, Chancery Lane, London. 1908.

Great Badminton Marriages 1780 to 1799

John Farmer & Hannah Wells, 22 Jan. 1780

John Hort & Sarah Comely, 7 Nov. 1780

Charles Countze & Sarah Walker, lic., 11 Oct. 1781

John Ayliffe, p. Rangeworthy, & Sarah Ford, this p., 16 Oct. 1781

William Beale & Elizabeth Hickson, lic., 18 Feb. 1783

Thomas Walker & Catherine Hill, 26 Feb. 1783

Thomas Harding & Susannah Sargent*, 30 June 1783

James Young & Haise Gibbs*, 30 June 1783

John Kington & Grace Fry, 28 July 1783

Robert Books [signs Brooks]. Of L. Badminton, p. Hawkesbury, & Alice Sargent, this p.*, 17 Nov. 1783

John Shellard, p. Acton Turvill, & Elizabeth Kedwell [signs Kidwell], this p.*, 23 Feb. 1784

William Maller & Ann Ayliffe*, 11 Apr. 1784

Thomas Croombe & Hannah Bishop*, 18 May 1784

William Hort & Margaret Holder*, 30 June 1785

Edward Hort, this p., & Frances Brooks, of L. Badminton*, 18 July 1785

William Long & Ann Walker*, 3 Aug. 1785

Arthur Vizer & Betty Maller, 17 Oct. 1785

William Ayliffe & Ann Hopkins, 2 Mar. 1786

Thomas Bee & Betty Emmett, 18 June 1786

John Perks & Ann Brooks, both of L. Badminton, 14 Aug. 1786

Robert Warren, p. Crudwell, co. Wilts, & Grace Fry, this p., lic., 23 Aug. 1786

Richard Walker & Sarah Hort, 24 Sept. 1786

Nathaniel Perks & Martha Woodham, 28 May 1787

John Buckwell & Ann Isaac, lic., 28 Oct. 1787

William Collins, of L. Badminton, & Mary Gale [signs Gael], this p., 24 Mar. 1788

George Snell & Mary Cook, 24 Mar. 1788

John Jones, p. Newchurch, co. Monmouth, & Perina Roach, this p., lic., 11 Oct. 1789

John Carey & Elizabeth Tavener, 13 Apr. 1790

John Hall & Maria Ferris, 7 July 1790

Nicholas Woodman & Joyce Collins, both of L. Badminton, 29 Nov. 1790

Samuel Brooks, of L. Badminton, & Anna Iles, this p., 8 May 1791

Samuel Chappell & Sarah Waite, 5 July 1791

James Freeman & Ellen Warren, lic., 10 Oct. 1791

William Lewis & Mary Perks, 30 Oct. 1791

Daniel Ayliffe, this p., & Martha Collins, of L. Badminton, 5 Dec. 1791

George Palmer, p. St. George’s, co. Middlesex, & Elizabeth Cross, this p., lic., 8 Apr. 1792

William Wicks, p. Sherston, co. Wilts, & Susanna Latham, this p., lic., 12 June 1792

John Tayler & Ann Light, lic., 7 Aug. 1793

Robert Roach, of L. Badminton, & Betty [Elizabeth erased] Davis, 15 Mar. 1794

James Beaven, p. Box, co. Wilts, b., & Mary Osborne, this p., sp., lic., 5 May 1795

Richard Long & Hester Hill, 19 July 1795

John Stokes & Mary Comely, 13 Oct. 1795

William Hitchcock [Hiscocks erased] & Sarah Smith, 17 Aug. 1797

Samuel Cox, p. Mar[s]hfield, co. Glos., & Sarah Cole, this p., lic., 12 Apr. 1798

* Married in Little Badminton Chapel during the rebuilding of Great Badminton Church.

Source: Gloucestershire Parish Register. Marriages. Edited by W. P. W. Phillimore, M.A., B.C.L., Vol. XIII. Issued to the Subscribers by Phillimore & Co., 124, Chancery Lane, London. 1908.

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  • County: Gloucestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Chipping Sodbury
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Gloucester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Pre 1836 - Gloucester, Post 1835 - Gloucester and Bristol
  • Rural Deanery: Hawkesbury
  • Poor Law Union: Chipping Sodbury
  • Hundred: Grumbald's Ash
  • Province: Canterbury