Badminton Church Restoration

Phase 2 Faculty Application

Damaged Stonework to the Parapet and String CourseThe electrical work of the Great Badminton Restoration project was signed-off on 1st March 2017. This means that with that phase of the work fully paid for, we are now able to look at the remainder of the work. With this in mind, we are in the process of putting together the paperwork for the Faculty to allow us to start work on Phase 2.

The Church of England's buildings fall outside of secular planning laws, the Church operating under Canon Law. Faculty Jurisdiction is the process through which alterations to ecclesiastical buildings are handled. Minor alterations can be approved by the Archdeacon in charge of the applicant parish. Major works are passed onto the Chancellor of the Diocese, who takes advice from the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) as to whether the works are suitable or not. If there are no objections, the Chancellor will then grant a Faculty, which means the work can start with immediate effect. Normally all work must be completed within two years of the date the Faculty is granted.

The Faculty application will be for the remainder of the work at Great Badminton. It will cover the work needed to repair or replace damaged or missing stonework, replacing missing louvres in the ringing chamber of the tower, the replacement of a sagging lintel in the fireplace of the Tribune, the renovation of the weather-damaged exterior doors, the replacement of a glass roof over the outer porch (removed many years ago as it was unsafe), and the redecoration of the interior of the church where water damage has been occurred or paint is flaking.

The Faculty application will have been submitted by mid-March and we hope to be able to start work in May, shortly after the Badminton Horse Trials. Due to successful fundraising in Phase 1, we are in the excellent position of having nearly £30,000 in the bank, which will allow us to start the most important work without delay. Despite this, we will still need to raise a further £70,000 approximately to be able to fully complete the restoration of the church.

Phase 1 is Complete

Removal of Chandeliers at Great BadmintonThe works for Phase 1 were completed on Ash Wednesday (1st March) 2017. Although the bulk of the disruptive works were completed in November, there have been plenty of smaller tasks, many of them in areas of the church out of view to the congregation, which have taken longer to bring to completion.

By Remembrance Sunday in 2016 we had finished the rewiring of the entire church, the installation of new distribution boards and fuse boxes and the installation of the heaters. This service can therefore be recorded as  the first relatively warm autumn service in most people's memory, given Great Badminton Church is notorious for the cold draughts, which scuttle through the Georgian leaded windows. As well as this, the brass chandeliers had been removed and shipped off to the other side of the country for renovation, cleaning and rewiring. these too were back at Badminton and rehung in time for Remembrance Sunday.

By Christmas the ancient spotlights in the Chancel had been removed and new, energy efficient LED spotlights had been discretely installed to light the Chancel and choir stalls.

The final works in the roof-space and tower have been completed and Phase 1 is officially complete.

The works have been so professionally carried out that it is as though nothing has happened at all. The church looks exactly as it did before the restoration work began, except to the most observant visitor, who will have noticed the improved lighting in the Chancel, which picks out the most important features; that the chandeliers are clean; and of course, they will have noticed the soft flow of warm air within the pews.

We thank D.A. Eldridge & Sons Ltd. of Malmesbury for their excellent standard of work throughout this phase of the project, and Chandelier Cleaning & Restoration Services Ltd. of Fyfield, Essex for their work on the chandeliers.

Rehanging the Chandelier in the 1st Duchess of Beaufort's Chantry Chapel

Phase 1 Work Commences

Great Badminton ChurchWe are pleased to say we are in a position to start work on Phase 1 of The Great Badminton Church Restoration Fund project in mid-October 2016.

The work will primarily involved electrical works.

  • Rewiring of the entire church
  • Replacing its fuse boxes and distribution boards with modern equivalents
  • Under-pew heaters will be installed to give a source of heat within the notoriously cold church for the first time in decades
  • The chandeliers will be rewired and be fitted with energy saving LED bulbs.
  • The lighting to the Chancel will be improved to increase light  quality in the Chancel
  • The Installation of lighting in the roofspace

We expect the work for Phase 1 to be completed in time for Remambrance Sunday.