Welcome to Great Bradley
This is the web site for the village of Great Bradley, a small village in Suffolk on the border with Cambridgeshire. We also have a Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatbradleysuffolk/
Great Bradley comprises the main village as well as the houses on the Thurlow Road and in East Green. There are only about 190 houses and 400 people in the village
There is evidence that the area has been lived in since the middle stone age about 5,000 years ago. 'Bradley' is derived from 'Broad Ley', the Old English (Anglo Saxon) meaning 'broad wood or clearing'. The village is the first one on the course of the Anglian River Stour
Although there are no longer any direct services in the village other than the church, a post box and a mobile library, there are a number of active societies and social events. The towns of Newmarket and Haverhill are just 7 miles away and Cambridge city centre is 15 miles away
Great Bradley is the name of the village and the civil parish managed by the Parish Council. It forms part of the borough of St Edmundsbury (which together with Forest Heath is known as West Suffolk); the county division is Clare, within the county of Suffolk.
Great Bradley is within the former regional government area of the East of England. The UK parliamentary constituency is West Suffolk and the European Parliament constituency is Eastern.
The Church of England parish of St Mary the Virgin is part of the Stourhead Benefice within the Deanery of Clare, the Archdeaconry of Sudbury and the Diocese of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich.
Part of the Anglo Saxon church is still visible, but the main part of the church is from the Norman period, although the 15th century tower and 16th century porch are key features.