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Bowcombe IW 2.jpg
The hamlet of Bowcombe
Bowcombe is located in Isle of Wight
Bowcombe shown within the Isle of Wight
OS grid reference SZ4686
• London 78 miles (126 km) NE
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Newport
Postcode district PO30
Dialling code 01983
Police Hampshire
Fire Isle of Wight
Ambulance Isle of Wight
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
Isle of Wight
50°40′N 1°21′W / 50.67°N 01.35°W / 50.67; -01.35Coordinates: 50°40′N 1°21′W / 50.67°N 01.35°W / 50.67; -01.35

Bowcombe is a hamlet on the Isle of Wight. It has an elevation of 144 feet (44 m) and is located 2 12 miles (4 km) southwest of Newport in the centre of the Island.[1] Public transport is provided by Southern Vectis buses on route 12.


The hamlet gives its name to the nearby Bowcombe Down and 2000-acre Bowcombe View Shooting Ground. The down is home to a listed historical site that contains a Bronze Age barrow and an Anglo-Saxon cemetery.[2]


Bowcombe was mentioned in the Doomsday Book at the time it had 60 households, which was very large for a settlement at the time, with a total value of £20 in 1066.[3] In 1870-72 John Marius said of the village in the Imperial Gazetteer "Bowcombe vale, around it, formerly displayed much beauty, but has suffered by destruction of its wood." In the account, it describes that to the west there are traces of a Roman road and that it "commands a rich and extensive view." At the time it had a population of 93.[4]

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  1. ^ "Bowcombe, Isle of Wight". ordinance survey.
  2. ^ "A Bronze Age barrow and Anglo-Saxon cemetery on Bowcombe Down, 575m south east of Apesdow". Historic England.
  3. ^ "Bowcombe". Open Doomsday.
  4. ^ "History of Bowcombe, in The the Isle of Wight and Hampshire". GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Stephens, Sir William (c. 1640-97), of Bowcombe, I.o.W." The History of Parliament. The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983.

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