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.
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.