About Brading

The sea used to come up to the edge of Brading and until 1594 the quay lay alongside the present High Street. Between 1594 and 1894 when the railway embankment at Bembridge was built, the quay was situated at the eastern end of Quay (Wall) Lane and at the Brading end of the Oglander Rychards embankment built in 1594. Evidence of the second quay can still be seen as the footpaths diverge to cross the embankment to follow the old railway track to St. Helens.

It was Bradings contact with the sea that furnished a good deal of its well being. The town supplied the Spithead ships, naval and merchant, with provisions, especially beer. Brading existed long before the Domesday Book provided its first written record in 1086. Because of its advantages as a landing place it was used by the prehistoric communities, the Romans (there is a villa at Brading) also the Anglo-Saxons. In 1285 Edward I granted Brerdynge its first charter permitting weekly Tuesday markets and an annual four day fair. The charter was renewed by Edward VI in 1548 which enabled Brading to hold a market on a Wednesday and two, three day fairs a year. Charles I gave the Kings Town as security for loans from the city of London. In 1665 Charles II came ashore at Brading Quay and during his Island visit raised Sir William Oglander of Nunwell to the rank of baronet as a reward for this familys loyalty during Civil Wars.