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Bruisyard church.jpg
St Peter's church
Bruisyard is located in Suffolk
Bruisyard shown within Suffolk
Population160 (2011)
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSaxmundham
Postcode districtIP17
EU ParliamentEast of England
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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.

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

The village has a population of around 175.[1] at the 2011 census. 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.

There used to be a vineyard in Bruisyard, but this closed in 2002.

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.[2] The village hall was formally opened in July 2010. The 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.[3] The central panel shows the Domesday Book entry for Bruisyard (Buresiart).

St Peter's church[edit]

The village church is a Grade I 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. During renovation work undertaken in 2017, medieval wall paintings were uncovered and have now been preserved.

Bruisyard Hall[edit]

The Manor House of Rokes Hall was converted in 1364 into an Abbey of the Poor Clares, founded by Lionel, Duke of Clarence. The nunnery was seized in 1539 by the crown at the Dissolution of the Monasteries under Henry VIII. An Elizabethan manor house was built on the site, incorporating some of the older buildings.


  1. ^ Bruisyard, Bruisyard Parish Council. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  2. ^ Bruisyard Village Hall [1].
  3. ^ Anne Amith sculptor [2].

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