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Bruisyard church.jpg
St Peter's church
Bruisyard is located in Suffolk
Bruisyard shown within Suffolk
Population 160 (2011)
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Saxmundham
Postcode district IP17
EU Parliament East of England
List of places
52°14′45″N 1°24′26″E / 52.24596°N 1.407344°E / 52.24596; 1.407344Coordinates: 52°14′45″N 1°24′26″E / 52.24596°N 1.407344°E / 52.24596; 1.407344

Bruisyard is a village in the valley of the River Alde in the county of Suffolk, England. The village has a population of ~175, reducing to 160 at the 2011 Census.[1] The village sign depicts Saint Clare of the Order of the Poor Clares; they had an abbey in Bruisyard until the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII (see below). The village sign was commissioned by the Parish Council in 2004 and made by the sculptor Anne Smith [1].

The construction of a new village hall on the Parish Park was completed in December 2009 with support from many funding bodies, including the Big Lottery Fund. The village hall was formally opened in July 2010. The village hall has a stained glass window by the artist Sharon McMullin depicting the local flora and fauna, and nine low relief plaster panels by the sculptor Anne Smith showing past and present local scenes. The central panel shows the Domesday Book entry for Bruisyard (Buresiart).

There used to be a wine-making vineyard in Bruisyard, but this closed in 2002 [2].

Bruisyard's name is in the Domesday Book as "Buresiart." It is believed derived from the Anglo-Saxon term, gebūres geard, meaning "peasant's enclosure".

St Peter's church[edit]

The village church is a Grade 1-listed building and dates to at least Saxon times. The church is an example of a round-tower church, rare in England as a whole, but most common in East Anglia. Pevsner dates the windows in the nave and south chapel to the early 16th century.

Bruisyard Hall[edit]

The Manor House of Rokes Hall was converted in 1364 to the Abbey of the Poor Clares. The Nunnery was dissolved in 1539 by Henry VIII. An Elizabethan manor house was built on the site, incorporating some of the older building.


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 14 September 2015. 

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