The Beauty of Spring in Centurion's Copse - 'Brading'
Centurions Copse lies to the East of Brading, on what was the eastern bank of Brading Haven and has great stories and fables associated with it. Even the name is said not to be due to the close proximity of the Roman villa but is in fact due to the existence of a former chapel dedicated to the Breton Prelate St. Urian.
A look at any Ordinance Survey map will show tantalising glimpses of “Earthworks”. These are thought to be the remains of Medieval Wolverton Manor and archaeological finds include protective earthworks and cobbled roadways. Local mythology tells of the City of Wolverton that was destroyed after the desecration of the Sacred Well of St. Urian with the blood of a traveler after the villagers in the mistaken belief that he was poisoning the well beat him to death. Fact does show that a Village called Wolverton did exist and was destroyed by fire, probably by the French landing at nearby St. Helens in 1340.
The copse is now said to be haunted by the ghost of the murdered traveler, face hidden in a grey cowl, I have never seen him but this may have something to do with the wild garlic covering the woodland floor.
Daffodils in flower March 2002