Bradenstoke

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Coordinates: 51°31′N 2°00′W / 51.51°N 02.00°W / 51.51; -02.00

Bradenstoke
Bradenstoke is located in Wiltshire
Bradenstoke
Bradenstoke
 Bradenstoke shown within Wiltshire
OS grid reference SU0079
Shire county Wiltshire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Wiltshire
Fire Wiltshire
Ambulance Great Western
EU Parliament South West England
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Bradenstoke is a village in Wiltshire, England situated to the north of the RAF Lyneham airbase and to the south of the River Braydon.

Originally lying within Braydon Forest, the "stoke" means "settlement".[1] The parish itself is named Bradenstoke cum Clack, the latter being an ancient earthworks.[2] The name Clack has also been attributed to the sound through the village of an ancient mill once in operation. As in the phrase " the child's mouth was going like a mill's clack".

Largely consisting of a long, narrow, main street, it has 3 churches, one shop and a pub. At the end of the village is also a children's park, and past that a fenced-in dog park.

The former Bradenstoke Priory was founded in 1142 by Walter D’Evereaux, sheriff of Wiltshire, for the Augustinians. Having fallen into disrepair after the Dissolution of the monasteries, it was dismantled in 1930 to provide parts of a renovation of St Donat's Castle, Wales, which had been bought by William Randolph Hearst, although most of it, including the roof, was unused and its whereabouts are now unknown.[3]

Undercroft of the abbey

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bradenstoke". Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  2. ^ Mee, Arthur (1939). The King's England: Wiltshire. London: Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 0-340-00107-0. 
  3. ^ Aslet, Clive (2012). The Edwardian Country House. London: Frances Lincoln. ISBN 978-0-7112-3339-3. 

External links[edit]

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