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Bradenstoke village street - - 790943.jpg
Bradenstoke village street
Bradenstoke is located in Wiltshire
Bradenstoke shown within Wiltshire
OS grid reference SU002795
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Wiltshire
Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
Website Parish Council
List of places
51°30′50″N 1°59′56″W / 51.514°N 01.999°W / 51.514; -01.999Coordinates: 51°30′50″N 1°59′56″W / 51.514°N 01.999°W / 51.514; -01.999

Bradenstoke is a village in Wiltshire, England situated to the north of the former RAF Lyneham airbase and 1.5 miles (2.4 km) northwest of Lyneham. Originally lying within Braydon Forest, the "stoke" means "settlement".[1]

Largely consisting of a long and narrow main street, the village has a church, two chapels, a village hall and a pub. The Post Office closed in 2008.[2]

Local government[edit]

The civil parish elects a parish council called Lyneham and Bradenstoke Parish Council. The parish is in the area of Wiltshire Council unitary authority, which is responsible for all significant local government functions.[3]

Bradenstoke is the oldest community in the parish. Lyneham was first mentioned in 1224 and appears to be included under "Stoche" in the Domesday Book. In the 19th and part of the 20th centuries, the village and ecclesiastical parish were called Bradenstoke cum Clack.[4] The name Bradenstoke was revived in the mid-twentieth century and is now used exclusively.[1]


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 building material for the renovation of St Donat's Castle in Wales, which had been bought by William Randolph Hearst. Most of the priory, including the roof, was unused and its whereabouts is now unknown.[5]

Undercroft of the abbey

Clack Mount[edit]

Close to the priory are earthworks known as Clack Mount ("clack" meaning "hill").[6] The moated site was probably fishponds for the priory; its earlier history is uncertain.[7]



  1. ^ a b "Lyneham parish". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Streetfield, Emma (31 March 2008). "Community heartbeat being taken away". Swindon Advertiser. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "Parish Council". Lyneham & Bradenstoke parish. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Question: Clack". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Aslet, Clive (2012). The Edwardian Country House. London: Frances Lincoln. ISBN 978-0-7112-3339-3. 
  6. ^ "Victoria County History - Wiltshire - Vol 9, pp90-104 - Parishes: Lyneham". British History Online. University of London. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  7. ^ Historic England. "Clack Mount (212263)". PastScape. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Bradenstoke at Wikimedia Commons