"BRIGHTWELL, a parish in the hundred of Carlford, in the county of Suffolk, 5 miles to the E. of Ipswich. It is watered by a small stream, a branch of the river Deben. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Norwich, of the value with the curacy of Foxhall annexed, of £54, in the patronage of Sir J. K. Shaw, Bart. The church, partly rebuilt in the reign of Charles I., is dedicated to St. John the Baptist."
Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)