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Bruern is located in Oxfordshire
Bruern shown within Oxfordshire
Population 62 (2001 census)[1]
OS grid reference SP2518
Civil parish
  • Bruern
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district OX7
Police Thames Valley
Fire Oxfordshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
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51°52′01″N 1°38′10″W / 51.867°N 1.636°W / 51.867; -1.636Coordinates: 51°52′01″N 1°38′10″W / 51.867°N 1.636°W / 51.867; -1.636

Bruern or Bruern Abbey is a hamlet and civil parish on the River Evenlode about 6 miles (9.7 km) north of Burford in West Oxfordshire.

Cistercian Abbey[edit]

House on the Bruern Abbey site.

In 1147 Nicholas Basset founded a Cistercian Abbey here[2] as a daughter house of Waverley Abbey in Surrey. The Abbey owned property in west Oxfordshire, east Gloucestershire and at Priddy in Somerset.[3] In 1382 the abbey also bought the manor of Fifield, Oxfordshire.[3] The abbey was dissolved in October 1536.[3]

After the dissolution the Abbey became the property of Sir Anthony Cope of Hanwell, Oxfordshire, ancestor of the Cope baronets. In 1720 a baroque country house was built for the Cope family, possibly on the site of the former abbey.[4] A Georgian cottage in the grounds of the house includes a three-bay vaulted chamber which may be a remnant of the original abbey buildings.[5]


  1. ^ "Area selected: West Oxfordshire (Non-Metropolitan District)". Neighbourhood Statistics: Full Dataset View. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Page, 1907, page 59
  3. ^ a b c Page, 1907, pages 59-61
  4. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner, 1974, pages 499-500
  5. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner, 1974, page 500