|Abbey of the Poor Clares|
Also known as: Bruisyard, Poor Clares Abbey
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Bruisyard is a village in the valley of the River Alde in the county of Suffolk, England. The village sign depicts Saint Clare of the Order of the Poor Clares who had an abbey in Bruisyard until the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539 by Henry VIII. It had previously been the site of the Manor House of Rokes Hall converted in 1364
Bruisyard's name is in the Domesday Book as Buresiart and seems to have come from Anglo-Saxon gebūres geard = "peasant's enclosure".
There used to be a wine-making vineyard in Bruisyard but this closed in 2002
The village church, dedicated to St Peter is a Grade 1 listed building and dates back to at least Saxon times. The church has a round-tower, rare in England as a whole, but much more common in East Anglia. [text by Geoffrey Gillon]