St. Michael and All Angels, Great Badminton’s interior is simply breathtaking. It is probably the finest example of a Georgian church outside of London.
Upon entering the church, the first things which the eye picks out are the gilt altar the huge marble monuments to the Dukes of Beaufort, and the Duke of Beaufort’s standard flying from the chancel arch. One then takes the time to look at the deep, oak box pews and the pulpit, which rises high above the pews. All of the fixtures and fittings in the nave are original to the church when it was built in 1785, making it a Georgian church which has not been tampered with.
The chancel houses the magnificant 25 feet high monument to the 1st Duke of Beaufort, which was carved by the famous Grinling Gibbons. The monument was first installed in the Beaufort Chantry Chapel at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. It was removed to Badminton in 1875 to be placed where it currently stands against he north wall of the chancel. The apse was built specifically to allow it to be at Badminton.
In the next pages you can view picture galleries of the various details of the interior of Great Badminton Church.