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Winkle Street, Calbourne, Isle of Wight, UK (2).jpg
Winkle Street, Calbourne
Calbourne is located in Isle of Wight
Location within the Isle of Wight
Area31.4800 km2 (12.1545 sq mi) [1]
Population886 (2011 Census including Great Thorness and Newtown)[2]
• Density28/km2 (73/sq mi)
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNEWPORT
Postcode districtPO30
Dialling code01983
FireIsle of Wight
AmbulanceIsle of Wight
UK Parliament
List of places
Isle of Wight
50°40′40″N 1°24′01″W / 50.677739°N 1.400175°W / 50.677739; -1.400175Coordinates: 50°40′40″N 1°24′01″W / 50.677739°N 1.400175°W / 50.677739; -1.400175

Calbourne is a village in the civil parish[3] of Calbourne, Newtown and Porchfield,[4][5] on the Isle of Wight, England. It is located 5 miles (8 km) from Newport in the west of the island.

The village takes its name from the stream that passes through town, the Caul Bourne. The stream used to power five mills just north of the town. In the deed for the land produced in 826 CE, it is recorded as Cawelbourne.

The village has a post office, a garage, a church and a public house, The Sun Inn. The garage is on the previous site of a blacksmith and wagonmaker. Calbourne is also the home of Westover cricket team, who play on the village green.


All Saints' Church
The Sun Inn
Calbourne Water Mill, now a tourist attraction

There is a privately held manor house, Westover House, on a hill overlooking Calbourne. The Westover Estate was established during the reign of Edward the Confessor. Westover House was once owned by Colonel Moulton-Barrett. Colonel Mouton-Barrett was a relative of the poet Elizabeth Barrett.

Calbourne is also close to the site of Swainston Manor, which is a mile to the east of Calbourne. Now a hotel, Swainston Manor was originally a manor house on a site dating back to 735 CE. Eight hundred years ago it became the location of a palace built by the Bishops of Winchester. It has a 12th-century chapel on its 32 acres (130,000 m2). Most of the present building was constructed in the 18th century, but an attached hall dates from the 13th century. Warwick the Kingmaker reportedly dined at Swainston Manor.

The Calbourne Mill was first mentioned in print in 1299.

Calbourne is the location of Winkle Street, a picturesque row of cottages which frequently appears on photographs and postcards of the Isle of Wight. Winkle Street looks out on the village stream. Winkle Street was originally named Barrington Row, presumably after longtime residents of Swainston, the Barrington family.

All Saints' Church, in the centre of Calbourne, was established in 826. It features a brass portrait of an armoured knight with hands folded in prayer, resting his feet on a dog. The pictured knight is thought to be William Montacure who was Earl of Salisbury and a governor of the island in the 14th century. Legend has it that Montacure was killed when he was jousting with his father. The heartbroken father created altar tombs in every church in every village in which he owned land or houses.


It is linked to other parts of the Island by Southern Vectis and Community buses Yarmouth and Newport.[6]

A fictionalised Calbourne, as "Malbourne", is the central location of Maxwell Gray's 1886 novel The Silence of Dean Maitland.

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  1. ^ Office of National Statistics: QS102EW - Population density retrieved 30 May 2017
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  3. ^ "English Parishes & Welsh Communities N&C 2004". Archived from the original on 9 January 2007. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Calbourne, Newtown and Porchfield". Mapit. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Calbourne Parish Council name change agreed". Island Echo. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Southern Vectis - bus route 7". 2008. Archived from the original on 12 June 2008. Retrieved 4 May 2008.

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