Badminton is a civil parish in Gloucestershire, England. It consists of the villages of Great Badminton and Little Badminton (both of which are redirected here) and, since 1996, has been located in the unitary authority of South Gloucestershire.
In 1612 Edward Somerset, 4th Earl of Worcester, bought from Nicholas Boteler his manors of Great and Little Badminton, called Madmintune [sic] in the Domesday Book (1086). A century earlier the name Badimyncgtun was recorded. The estate had been held by the Boteler family since 1275.
The village is close to the Duke of Beaufort's residence, Badminton House, which has been the principal seat of the Somerset family since the late 17th century. Badminton House also gives its name to the sport badminton.
The village is famous for the Badminton Horse Trials (an equestrian competititon), which take place in early May each year in the grounds of Badminton House.
St Michael and All Angels
The parish church of St Michael and All Angels in Great Badminton is attached to the Duke of Beaufort's residence. The current church was built in 1785 and serves as the principal burial place of the Somerset family. Nearly all Dukes and Duchesses are interred here. A smaller church, also dedicated to St Michael and All Angels, stands in neighbouring Little Badminton.
To the north of the main village is the small rural settlement of Little Badminton. Here can be found farm houses, cottages and estate lodges very much in the traditional Cotswold style of architecture. Remains of a medieval 'sunken village' can be seen in Little Badminton, as well as an ornamental dovecote or croft, which is mentioned in the Domesday book.