Welcome to Hyde900
Hyde900 is a community project in Winchester, Hampshire, to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the founding of Hyde Abbey. For more details see the "What is Hyde900?" page.
Hyde900 today broke the story, in conjunction with its partner the University of Winchester, that it had unearthed a pelvic bone – from the site of Hyde Abbey – which is likely to have belonged to either King Alfred the Great or his son King Edward the Elder.
The discovery followed an investigation into the Unmarked Grave in the churchyard of St. Bartholomew, Hyde which for many years has been suspected of containing the bones of the Royal House of Wessex (originally moved to Hyde Abbey from the New Minster in 1110).
Research at the University of Oxford revealed that, in fact, the bones from the Unmarked Grave dated from the period 1100 to 1500. “In any other circumstances this would have been regarded as being very interesting but, inevitably, it is overshadowed by the news about the pelvis from Alfred or Edward,” commented Edward Fennell of Hyde900.
The identification of the pelvic bone was undertaken by Dr. Katie Tucker of the University of Winchester whose work on the Unmarked Grave prompted her to probe further some of the bones which had previously come off the Hyde Abbey site.
“We are delighted that we were funding Katie on this aspect of her research,” said Edward Fennell. “It certainly paid off.”
For the full story of the bones of Hyde Abbey and the Royal House of Wessex, see ’Burials and Bones from Hyde Abbey‘.
For the official Hyde900 statement see our Press Release [Microsoft Word document].
October’s King Alfred Weekend saw the exhibition showing the first results of the Hidden in Hyde project launched last year – an initiative to track down and record the ‘lost’ stones of Hyde Abbey. The project has now developed to include looking at how the Abbey may have appeared and functioned. (Finding the stones remains a key element, so if you think you’ve found something that may be a stone taken from Hyde Abbey, please use the contact form to let us know.)
The project has now been renamed to reflect the expanded project. Re-uniting the Stones takes the results of the finds of stones from Hidden in Hyde and with the expert help of such as Ross Lovett, head mason of Winchester Cathedral, interprets the stones as architectural elements of the Abbey. The exhibition draws together research on the background of the Dissolution of the Abbey with stones found in Hyde and the area to the north of Winchester to produce a fascinating story and some stunning sketches of doorways, arches and vaulting. See the Re-uniting the Stones Exhibition page for more.
Re-uniting the Stones needs more volunteers to help with this exciting project. If you feel you would like to contribute please use the Contact page.
Following the sell-out success of the first Hyde900 book, Inspired by Hyde, we’re planning a sequel – and you might be in it!
The theme is ‘Hyde Days and Holidays’. It’s all about places – local or distant – and the impressions they make and the people you meet. It could be a poem, a short story or a short piece about a location you remember well and the memories you associate with it. The place could be in Winchester or elsewhere: somewhere you’ve travelled, somewhere you used to live, or somewhere you’ve just made up.
Entries are welcome from all writers of all ages, amateur or professional, who live, work, study or attend a writing group in or near the Hyde area of Winchester. Read more…