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.

Encaustic Tile Workshop

Griffin tile found at the Hyde Abbey site

Griffin tile found at the Hyde Abbey site

Some 24 apprentice medieval tile makers ranging in ages between 5 and 75 got their hands dirty taking part in this year’s King Alfred Weekend tile workshops.

The four workshop sessions gave people an opportunity of trying their hand at tile making in an authentic medieval manner. The workshops were ably run by artist Kate Arnold – who had recently produced stunning drawings for the programme to accompany the very successful Hyde900 performances of Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis – and who took her apprentices though the patterned encaustic tile making process. She had previously produced the “stamps”, carved from well seasoned beech. The two patterns were based on finds of tiles from the Hyde abbey site. Together with “frames” and a bow cutter these were used to create the tiles using raw clay kindly supplied by Michelmersh Brick and Tile Company.

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Winchester Mayor Jane Rutter Announces Further Plans for Community Archaeology by Hyde900 in 2017

Winchester Mayor Jane Rutter and David Spurling

Winchester Mayor Jane Rutter accepts personalised sieve from David Spurling, Hyde900’s Community Archaeology organiser, to mark her sign-up to next year’s dig

Taking centre-stage at the recent Hyde900 King Alfred Weekend exhibition was a display of finds from the community archaeology project undertaken earlier this year in a garden in King Alfred Place, Hyde. This revealed, among other things, the site of Hyde Abbey church’s south transept.

Following this success Mayor Jane Rutter announced on behalf of HYDE900, that there will be a further community excavation project in Spring 2017 when work will commence on investigating two adjoining gardens in King Alfred Terrace.

The Mayor was the first to sign up for the excavation, and was presented with a personalised sieve for her use by event organiser David Spurling.

Read more & Register your interest in the Hyde900 Community Dig…

Pavilion logoThe Pavilion Project is a not-for–profit, community-led organisation which is working with Winchester City Council and award-winning Winchester architect AR Design to replace the dilapidated cricket pavilion and scoring hut at North Walls Recreation Ground with one architecturally distinctive pavilion, serving both cricket pitches. The Pavilion Project has the support of Hyde900, and is being led by Mike Caldwell who is a Hyde900 executive committee member – and a keen cricketer!

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The King Alfred Weekend

The King Alfred Weekend is Hyde900’s annual showcase of the projects it has undertaken in bringing to light the heritage and talents of Hyde and its community.

This year there is an exceptionally rich and varied mix. We begin by commemorating the casualties from Hyde in 1916, the year of the Somme and the Battle of Jutland and then move back one thousand years to consider the state of the English language at the time of King Alfred, whose remains still lie on the site of Hyde Abbey.

What’s left of the abbey itself is then exposed and discussed in a number of specialist sessions before a celebration of the links between Hyde and Shakespeare through a performance of his most distinguished poem, ‘Venus & Adonis’ . We will be talking about our plans to do more to interpret the Hyde Abbey site and giving a chance to our friends and supporters to contribute to our future strategy at the Annual General Meeting. We are particularly delighted this year to welcome Mr Alan Lovell, Chair of Hampshire Cultural Trust and a key partner for Hyde900, to outline his vision of what the future might hold for Winchester as a world-class heritage venue.

If you are a local resident or interested in this unique corner of Winchester then the King Alfred Weekend is an exceptional opportunity to get under the surface of what lies locally and discover more than you might imagine.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Steve Marper
Chair, Hyde900

See the information boards from 2016 `King Alfred` exhibition

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