Brading contains some of the oldest buildings on the Island - these views were taken in the Spring of 2000. This view is from near the Bull Ring looking north towards Ryde. Few towns in Britain can claim they still have their original 'bull ring'. It is a large cast iron ring set in the middle of the High Street. It was used for the barbaric sport of bull baiting. It was an old custom that the Island's governor gave £5 for a bull. Once killed, the meat would be given to the poor.
The famous Wax Works is at the northern end of the town in this view facing South.
Behind the Wax Works are the stocks and Church.
The town has this fantastic old sweet shop. I can remember when sweets were regularly sold from jars but don't remember ever buying any! The shop oozes atmosphere and is passed by all but a few inquisitive shoppers.
These next two views are looking towards the 'Bull ring' at the southern end of the town.
The town is noted for several attractions including Morton Manor and a Roman Villa (see the archaeology section).
A nice view with two of the town's Inns, the Red Lion on the left and the Bugle on the right.
The town has excellent transport - the station is still in use with two trains per hour in each direction and there are up to four buses an hour to Ryde and Shanklin.
The station still has fine views to the East.