The village of Bures lies either side of the River Stour, which here forms the county boundary between Essex and Suffolk. The village is thus divided into two halves, with Bures Hamlet in Essex and Bures St Mary in Suffolk. The village sits on the B1508 road at the crossing point of the River Stour, connecting the village with Sudbury, c.10km to the north and Colchester, C.14km to the south-east.
Bures St Mary is centred on Church Square leading to the crossing of the River Stour on Bridge Street into a Y formation of roads, the northern branch leading out to Sudbury on the B1058 and the southern branch following the course of the river until the next crossing at the A134 by Nayland. The historic core of the village is centred on the church and High Street where the buildings often front the road, leaving no room for a pavement, often giving it a closed-in feeling, whereas around the church and leading onto Nayland Road, the road is wider giving more of a sense of space. The village is set in one corner of the parish and is where the majority of the population reside. The rest of the parish extends to the north and east consisting of a dispersed scatter of rural farmsteads and arable land. The population of Bures St Mary was calculated at 728 in the 2001 census.
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