The last work of any significance that was done at Great Badminton was the church restoration undertaken between 1968 and 1971, under the guidance of the 10th Duke of Beaufort, the then Churchwarden. Since then, nature has slowly been taking its toll on the structure of the building and a fresh church restoration project is badly needed. Although the roof itself is in good condition, the stonework around the top of the building in particular has suffered badly. Pieces of stone have broken away, pointing has crumbled and, as a result, water is seeping into the church itself and starting to cause damage to the interior of the building, especially in the areas around the joint of the apse and Nave.
We have a large amount of costly work to do in order to start the church restoration project and bring the building back to good condition. Our top priority is to make safe the dangerous electrical systems, which can currently only be used to provide lighting and operate the organ. The installation of heating will be done at the same time to help regulate the temperature within the church and keep the congregation warm.
Thereafter, our next priority in the church restoration project is to make the church watertight, followed by internal redecoration to the damaged areas.
With the church being owned and run by the PCC, and not The Duke of Beaufort or the Badminton Estate, we are reliant upon donations and grants to be able to fund the required works. We are in the process of applying for grants from various charities and organisations, but will still rely upon generous donations from individuals to be able to raise all the funds needed to complete this church restoration project.
Access to St. Michael and All Angels, Great Badminton
Currently, for safety reasons the church is not available for tours / visits. This is because of a pinnacle on the tower above the main entrance, which is in danger of collapse. We hope to start repair works early in the New Year. Until further notice there will be no access to the church for visits.
However, under normal circumstances, the church is open whenever there is an advertised service through the Badminton Benefice’s website and also at any time by appointment.
The church is also visited during all tours of Badminton House and sees some 500 visitors each year from these tours alone. Additionally, the church is open on all Garden Opening days where upto 1,000 a day visit the church. To arrange a visit to Great Badminton, please contact Mrs Sheilah Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01454 218648.