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The local area guide to living in Badminton
Nicknamed the ‘most famous little village in the world’ by its residents, Badminton is well known for being the birthplace of the popular sport that bears its name. It also hosts annual horse trials, which draws thousands of visitors each May to the lush grounds of historic Badminton House. The village itself is a quaint place to live, featuring traditional cottages and farm houses in the Cotswold style of architecture that this area is well known for. This can particularly be seen in Little Badminton, a smaller settlement to the north. The St Michael and All Angels in Great Badminton church was built in 1785, and is a centre of community life and history. However the village’s main attraction is Badminton House, the historic home of the Duke of Beaufort.
Badminton is situated in Gloucestershire, just 15 miles away from Bristol or Bath and 85 miles to the west of London. It offers rural scenery, as well as a rich sense of history and tradition, giving this idyllic little village a big shadow.
Information about the local residents
Between Badminton’s main village, Greater Badminton, and Little Badminton, there were a total of 271 residents at the time of the 2011 census. The average household size was 2.3, and 63.2% of residents are of working age. There has been little change in the overall population since the 2001 census, with the village gaining just 13 additional residents. Badminton is an affluent area overall, with residents falling into higher social grades that include professional and managerial roles at levels that are higher than the average for England. Similarly, the percentage of residents claiming benefits is over 10% lower than the national average.
Young children in Badminton may attend Hawkesbury Primary School in nearby Hawkesbury Upton, which is just a 10 minute drive from central Badminton village. Hawkesbury has been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and offers cheerful classrooms and well-trained staff. Grittleton House School and the Nursery in Chippenham offers education for children aged between 2 to 16 years. This co-educational school is family run, and includes the Flying Start Nursery as well as pre-prep, prep, and senior schools. It’s set on 35 acres of rural land, and includes ICT suites, art studios, and other state-of-the-art facilities.
One of the easiest ways to get around Badminton and its nearby villages is with a car, as the village is situated near both the A433 and A46 motorways. The B4040 also is located in the area. It’s less than a half hour’s journey from Badminton into central Bristol or Bath by car, and only 85 miles to London. There is no railway station in Badminton village, but public coach services are available. These are operated by Coachstyle and run from Malmesbury to Acton Turville or Yate.
Additional coach services are in operation during the Badminton horse trials to accommodate the swell of visitors during this time. The nearest British Rail station to Badminton is in Chippenham or Yate, and there are also stations in Bristol, Bath, Kemble, Swindon, and Stroud. All offer taxi ranks with service into Badminton.
Drewett’s General Store has been a Badminton mainstay since it was purchased by Edward George Drewett in 1904. Today it offers a range of groceries, hardware, and basic necessities for residents. The Post Office moved into Drewett’s in 1995, and the National Lottery has been available since 2012. Additional shopping outlets are located in nearby towns including Hawkesbury and Upton, while larger retail outlets can be found in Chippenham or Yate.
In addition to the usual fare, Badminton’s shopping options increases exponentially during May when the horse trials take place. There is a shopping village which is widely considered to be one of the highlights of the event, attracting numerous local brands and independent retailers. All of the shopping centres of Bristol and Bath are within easy reach for residents of Badminton, including the Broadwalk Shopping Centre, the Mall at Cribbs Causeway, and Southgate Bath."
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