The Great Badminton Church Restoration Fund was established in 2014 by Badminton PCC to raise funds for and manage a major restoration project to bring the Parish Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Great Badminton back to its full glory. Great Badminton Church is a Georgian church built in 1785 at the order of the 5th Duke of Beaufort. It replaced an earlier mediaeval church, which stood a few yards to the west of the current building.
Great Badminton is one of the finest examples of a Georgian church outside of London and retains all of its original fittings, including the tall box pews. It is attached to the south-eastern corner of His Grace The Duke of Beaufort’s seat, Badminton House and is the burial place of the Dukes and Duchesses of Beaufort.
Within the church you can see numerous elaborate monuments and memorials to the Dukes and their families. Prominent amongst these are the huge Grinling Gibbons monument to the 1st Duke, the two Rysbrack monuments to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Dukes, and the memorial to Field Marshal Baron Raglan, the commander of the British Forces in the Crimean War.
The Original Website
The church restoration project needed a website to help promote the fundraising efforts and to give potential donors and grantors information about the church restoration project. Cotswold Websites was tasked with building the website.
As well as the informational pages, Cotswold Websites integrated a gallery to highlight the different aspects of the church, and an extensive secure membership area of the website where potential donors and those involved with the project can view documents which are not intended for public display. The website was built in Joomla! due to its superior content management capabilities.
The New Website
In 2017 it was decided to rebuild The Great Badminton Church Restoration Fund’s website to bring in more dynamic and visually exciting features. The new website was created using WordPress and makes great use of parallax image scrolling, dynamic picture galleries, as well as an easy-to-use online shop to sell cards and leaflets through, and take donations.