This section is from the book "British Wild Flowers - In Their Natural Haunts Vol2-4", by A. R. Horwood. Also available from Amazon: A British Wild Flowers In Their Natural Haunts.
This plant is known in Preglacial, Interglacial, Neolithic, and Roman beds (at Silchester, for instance). It is a member of the North Temperate Zone, found in Central and South Europe. Out of 112 vice-counties it is found in 74 in Great Britain, but it is not so common in Scotland.
The Common Bramble is not only a prevalent hedgerow plant, but it is often one of the chief mainstays of common undergrowth, and forms wide patches on heaths and moors, being indiscriminately common to both highland and lowland districts. It forms some part also of the undergrowth in woods and plantations, but is not a shade-lover like certain other brambles, of which altogether some hundred species are now known, ranking as sub-species.
Brambles are plants which have a peculiar habit like Roses in general, unlike any other plants in this respect. The stems are numerous, ascending at first, or erect, growing out from a single root, and rooting again when they have arched over and commenced to descend afresh. They thus present a regular entanglement, which it is difficult to penetrate, like numerous croquet hoops (but larger) set here and there, crossing each other in all directions. Those who have tried to find a grasshopper warbler's nest know what I mean.