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Bowcombe, Isle of Wight

Historical Description

Bowcombe, a hamlet in Carisbrooke parish, Isle of Wight, 2½ miles SW of Newport. Bowcombe vale around it formerly displayed much beauty, but has suffered by destruction of its wood. Bowcombe Down, on the W, shows traces of a Roman road, commands a rich and extensive view, and was ascended in 1618 for the sake of its prospect by Charles I. when Prince of Wales.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyHampshire 
Civil parishCarisbrooke 
LibertyWest Medina 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Bowcombe from the following:


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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitations of Hampshire, 1530, 1575, & 1622-34 is available to view on the Heraldry page.

CountyIsle of Wight
RegionSouth East
Postal districtPO30
Post TownNewport