Bradenstoke shown within Wiltshire
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Originally lying within Braydon Forest, the "stoke" means "settlement". The parish itself is named Bradenstoke cum Clack, the latter being an ancient earthworks. 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".
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.
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