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Bruern Abbey - - 994180.jpg
House on the Bruern Abbey site
Bruern is located in Oxfordshire
Location within Oxfordshire
Population62 (2001 Census)
OS grid referenceSP2518
Civil parish
  • Bruern
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townChipping Norton
Postcode districtOX7
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
List of places
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 (10 km) north of Burford in West Oxfordshire. The 2001 Census recorded the parish population as 62.[1]

Cistercian Abbey[edit]

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


  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, p. 59.
  3. ^ Page 1907, pp. 59–61.
  4. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, pp. 499–500.
  5. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, p. 500.
  6. ^ Vickers, Alan. "Sympathetic Refurbishment of Bruern Abbey". The Wychwood. 36 (4). October–November 2015[page needed]