Re that "unusual brass plaque to local landowner William Button, with a complex inscription".
Here on Prosenet ( https://www.prosebox.net/entry/17192/en ... on-priors/
) somebody has kindly published a picture of the plaque.
It's all a bit grainy, which makes it difficult to see the finer detail. But it does appear to be rather unusual, and not at all the normal kind of Christian symbology. Sun, moon, planets and stars? A Templar Cross? A phoenix wing? What else can you see? Something about "the gate" and "shall enter in at it"? Top centre there's some kind of face but indistinct.
If I'm reading the bottom of the plaque correctly(?) his daughter Dorothy married a John Drake from Devon. Didn't we once talk about other Drake family connections to Wiltshire? (Draco/Dragon etc)
Intriging, and well worth a trip to get better pictures.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Drak ... ed_1628%29
The Button family is still in the Wilts & Somerset area. F1 driver Jenson Button being one notable descendant.