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Bouldnor is located in Isle of Wight
Bouldnor shown within the Isle of Wight
OS grid reference SZ3789
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Yarmouth
Postcode district PO41
Police Hampshire
Fire Isle of Wight
Ambulance Isle of Wight
EU Parliament South East England
List of places
Isle of Wight
50°42′26″N 1°28′43″W / 50.7073°N 01.4786°W / 50.7073; -01.4786Coordinates: 50°42′26″N 1°28′43″W / 50.7073°N 01.4786°W / 50.7073; -01.4786

Bouldnor is a hamlet near Yarmouth on the west coast of the Isle of Wight in southern England. It is the location of Bouldnor Battery, a gun battery emplacement.

Bouldnor is located on the A3054 road, and public transport is provided by buses on Southern Vectis route 7.

There is currently some oil exploration being done in Bouldnor.[citation needed]

Bouldnor was the site of a brickmaking enterprise.[citation needed]

The Current Lord of The manor of Bouldnor is David, Lord Prosser of Bouldnor, holder of the Feudal Title.

The Bouldnor soapbox derby was held in 2005. It was a big success, so it was repeated in 2006.[citation needed]

The Bouldnor Cliff Mesolithic Village Seaport[edit]

The beach at Bouldnor

The Bouldnor Cliff Mesolithic Village is an internationally important archaeological site underwater off the coast of the Bouldnor Cliffs. Mesolithic flints and other items have been found. This material dates from 8000 years ago.[1] During the Neolithic this was an active seaport that supported trade with the Middle East (as wheat was present here 8,000 years ago, hundreds of years before wheat was grown anywhere in Europe).[2] Bronze Age Britain had large reserves of tin in the areas of Cornwall and Devon. Mining in Cornwall and Devon was then of global importance.Tin is necessary to smelt bronze. At that time the sea level was much lower and carts of tin were brought across the Solent at low tide[3][4] for export from Bouldnor, possibly on the Ferriby Boats and later on the Blackfriars Ships.

This trade was likely controlled by the Veneti (Gaul)[5] of Armorica who spoke Breton (which belongs to the Brythonic branch of the Insular Celtic languages, along with Welsh and Cornish).


  1. ^ Eleanor Williams (2007-08-08). "Fight on to save Stone Age Atlantis". BBC News. Retrieved 2007-09-06. 
  2. ^ Balter, Michael. "DNA recovered from underwater British site may rewrite history of farming in Europe". Science. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Adams, William Henry Davenport (1877). Nelsons' hand-book to the Isle of Wight. Oxford University. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Hawkes, C.F.C (July 1984). "ICTIS DISENTANGLED, AND THE BRITISH TIN TRADE". Oxford Journal of Archaeology. 3 (2): 211–233. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0092.1984.tb00327.x. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Hawkins, Christopher. Observations on the Tin Trade of the Ancients in Cornwall. (1811). London.