Little Jane's Cottage
Little Jane was a young girl who lived in Brading at the end of the eighteenth century. She was 'The Young Cottager' in 'Annals of the Poor' written by Legh Richmond, curate in charge of Brading and Yaverland 1797 to 1805. In this book he wrote about 'poor and humble folk' who despite their position led deeply religious and inspirational lives, it was basically a religious tract. She died of consumption at the age of 15 on 30th January 1799.
When she died her gravestone was inscribed:
Tread gently o'er this grave as ye explore
The short and simple annals of the poor.
A child reposes underneath this sod;
A child to memory dear, and dear to God.
Rejoice! Yet shed the sympathetic tear.
Jane 'The Young Cottager,' lies buried here.