Bruisyard Hall


The only non-Church entry for Bruisyard is for Bruisyard Hall although the village sign is rather nice and is also shown.  The date of the building is somewhat disputed.  Pevsner  says it dates from 1610 but Sandon refers to the porch as early Tudor and the owners claim, somewhat believably, that some of the rear corner is part of the original priory dating to 1354.  The Hall has been in continuous ownership by the same family since the early 17th century.

The Hall is listed Grade II* but the whole site is a Historic Monument due to the earlier priory dissolved by Henry 8 in 1539.

Earlier eminent visitors claim that the priory attracted Elizabeth, widow of Michael de la Pole killed at Agincourt, and her daughter Katherine [citing Ketton-Cremer 1976, 19 - 20; C.P., XII (1), 442 - 43 which I have not followed up].  There seems to be some confusion between Michaels here.  The Michael married to Elizabeth de Stafford killed at Agincourt (or the preceding siege of Harfleur, or dysentry?) was the 2nd earl of Suffolk (3rd creation)Michael 3rd earl of Suffolk had a daughter called Katherine.  However, it is said that she died as a child and that it was her sister Catherine who was a nun at Bruisyard.

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Pictures of buildings mentioned in the “Suffolk” volume of “The Buildings of England” series by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner.