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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.

A soapbox derby was held in Bouldnor in 2005. It was a big success, so the event was repeated in 2006, though moved to Newport and renamed the Isle of Wight Soapbox Derby Challenge.[1]

The Bouldnor Cliff Mesolithic Village Seaport

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.[2] 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).[3] 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[4][5] for export from Bouldnor, possibly on the Ferriby Boats and later on the Blackfriars Ships.

This trade was likely controlled by the Veneti (Gaul)[6] of Armorica who spoke Breton (which belongs to the Brythonic branch of the Insular Celtic languages, along with Welsh and Cornish).


  1. ^ "May Date for Island's Soapbox Derby", Isle of Wight County Press, Tuesday, April 18, 2006
  2. ^ Eleanor Williams (2007-08-08). "Fight on to save Stone Age Atlantis". BBC News. Retrieved 2007-09-06.
  3. ^ Balter, Michael. "DNA recovered from underwater British site may rewrite history of farming in Europe". Science. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  4. ^ Adams, William Henry Davenport (1877). Nelsons' hand-book to the Isle of Wight. Oxford University. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Hawkins, Christopher. Observations on the Tin Trade of the Ancients in Cornwall. (1811). London. |access-date= requires |url= (help)