- source: Family History Library Catalog
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Bruern from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
- "BRUERN, an extra-parochial tract in Chipping-Norton [registration] district, Oxford; 5 miles N of Burford. Acres: 3,510. Real property: £1,538. Population: 51. Houses: 9. A Cistertian Abbey was founded here, in 1147, by Nicholas Basset; and given, in the time of James I., to Sir Anthony Cope. The buildings were changed into a private residence; and were destroyed by fire in last century. Old fish ponds connected with them still exist. The tract is a meet for the Heythrop hounds."
Bruern became a civil parish in 1858 and was part of the Chipping Norton Rural District from 1894 until 1974.
It can be located on the Ordnance Survey map of 1900 to the west of Shipton under Wychwood.