Great Bradley and the River Stour
The East Anglian River Stour flowing through this part of Suffolk is probably the reason why Great Bradley exists at all. 'Stour' means 'mighty river'.
The River Stour rises at about 380 feet above sea level on Wratting Common. The River is 42miles long. It flows for four miles in Cambridgeshire, eight miles in Suffolk and then forms the border between Suffolk and Essex. The Environment Agency give the figure for the length of the river from Sipsey Bridge (at the border of the Great Bradley parish and 4 miles from the source) to Cattawade as 68 miles (108.5 km) including all meanders.
The source is just south of the crossroads between Carlton Grreen and West Wickham