Bruern

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Bruern
Bruern is located in Oxfordshire
Bruern
Bruern
Location within Oxfordshire
Population62 (2001 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSP2518
Civil parish
  • Bruern
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townChipping Norton
Postcode districtOX7
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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]

Michael Bishop, Baron Glendonbrook, purchased the 18th-century property in 2012. The Abbey has been completely refurbished under his ownership, including the installation of 'a large and impressive cantilever stone staircase and twenty-five kilometres of data cabling' as well as a 'large underground car park'.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Area selected: West Oxfordshire (Non-Metropolitan District)". Neighbourhood Statistics: Full Dataset View. Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 22 June 2011. 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
  6. ^ Vickers, Alan. "Sympathetic Refurbishment of Bruern Abbey", The Wychwood, Volume 36 No 4, October/November 2015

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