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Brading simply oozes history. Now reduced to a small village, once Brading Haven was a large and hugely significant harbour, covering approximately 20% of the Island.
Brading Roman Villa is one of the UK’s finest, offering unique insights into Roman life in Britain. The Romans lived very happily on the Island for 400 years, and as some non-resident Romans visited and holidayed from other stations in Europe, it can be said that they were its first tourists! The lovely St. Mary’s Church (12th century), contains a lovely chapel dedicated to the prestigious local Oglander family. Also discover the story of ‘Little Jane’ (Jane Squibb), popularised in ‘Annals of the Poor’ (1814) by local deacon Legh Richmond, causing Brading to become a famous centre of pilgrimage. See her gravestone and cottage if you have time. We also visit the beautifully restored (Victorian) Brading Station with its vintage tea-room, station master’s office, railway memorabilia shop and small rail museum, plus a (non-operational) signal box, fully restored to its former steam era glory.