A parish in the upper division of the hundred of Tewkesbury; living, a rectory in the archdeaconry and diocese of Gloucester; charged in K. B. 22l. 1s. 10½d.; church ded. to St. Margaret; patron (1829) John Parsons, Esq. The remains of a Saxon encampment in this parish are still visible.
Source: A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland by John Gorton. The Irish and Welsh articles by G. N. Wright; Vol. I; London; Chapman and Hall, 186, Strand; 1833.
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
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. Continue reading →
On leaving Warwick we cross the river Avon by a very elegant bridge of one arch, and leaving on the right the lace manufactory, we, at the distance of about half a mile, pass Myton House, the residence of Colonel Steward; half a mile further the road is intersected by the Warwick and Napton canal, a short distance up which is a noble Aqueduct that conveys the water of the canal over the Avon, from which some fine landscapes are obtained. Two miles from Warwick is the fashionable and celebrated village of Leamington Priors, on the entrance of which, to the left of the road, is the pleasant mansion of Matthew Wise, Esq. surrounded by thriving plantations, and approached by a fine semi-circular avenue of lofty trees. Continue reading →
At Tachbrook Mallory, a hamlet in the parish of Bishop’s Tachbrook, is an ancient manor house, formerly the residence of the Wagstaffe family, to whom the manor belonged. It has lately been purchased by the Earl of Warwick, and his noble mother, the Dowager Countess, now resides at the manor house.
Source: Warwickshire Delineated; Francis Smith; Second Edition; 1820
Bishop’s Tachbrook, a large, scattered, but retired village, is about three miles from Warwick and two from Leamington. The distinctive appellation of Bishop’s, is derived from the circumstance of this place having been in possession of the Bishops of Coventry and Lichfield at the Norman conquest. Continue reading →