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.

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

kawThis 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


Thursday 20th October

Hyde Soldiers 1916 – 2016

20 October, St Bartholomew’s Church, 6.45pm

An event to commemorate all those who left homes in Hyde to serve in the Great War, and the family and neighbours they left behind.

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 Friday 21st  October


Launch of the “Winchester: A Nation Emerges” Symposium

Mr Alan Lovell

21 October, St Bartholomew’s Church, 6.45pm

Hyde900 are honoured to welcome Mr Alan Lovell, Chair of Hampshire Cultural Trust, who will introduce the first symposium in the “Winchester, The Royal City” series, taking place the following day, Saturday 22nd, in the Guildhall.

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The Hyde900 King Alfred Lecture: How Did Alfred Sound?
Talk by Professor David Crystal

21 October, St Bartholomew’s Church, 7.30pm

Would people in Winchester today understand Alfred’s accent, if he time-travelled to the 21st century?

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Saturday 22nd October

v_adonisVenus and Adonis
by William Shakespeare

22 October, St Bartholomew’s Church, 7.30pm

An abridged version directed by Cecily O’Neill with music by The Food of Love ensemble. Introduction by Professor Christopher Mulvey of the English Project.

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 Hyde900 Annual General Meeting


22 October, Hyde Parish Hall, 10.00am

The statutory business of the AGM will be followed by a 15 minute open discussion of Hyde900’s mission, priorities and new possibilities.

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hydeabbeytolifeBringing Hyde Abbey to Life (first day)

22 October, Hyde Parish Hall, 10.45am to 5.30pm

An exhibition featuring many of the recent activities and discoveries in the research into the history of the abbey…

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Walking on History

Talk on the Hyde Abbey Encaustic Tile Project

22 October, Hyde Parish Hall, 11.00am

An introduction to examples of these striking mediaeval tile fragments found at Hyde Abbey, how they might have looked in the abbey.

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Saturday 22nd October

kaw_tile_workshopEncaustic tile workshop (first day)

22 October, Hyde Parish Hall, 12.00 noon and 12.30pm

The opportunity to watch encaustic tiles being made.

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kaw_tile_walkHyde Abbey Area Guided Walk
The history of the abbey and its inhabitants

22 October, Hyde Gate, 1.00pm

A tour of the Abbey precinct area and an opportunity to see hear about the history of the abbey and its inhabitants.

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kaw_com_digHyde900 Community Dig 
A Talk on the 2016 Dig and launch of the 2017 Dig

22 October, Hyde Parish Hall, 2.00pm

The story of the first Hyde900 Community Dig carried out in April 2016 in partnership with WARG and the roller coaster ride on the way to discovering a lost part of the transept of the abbey. A preview of the exciting plans for 2017.

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kaw_kaprojectThe Hyde Abbey King Alfred Project
Developing a visitors’ information area in the precincts of Hyde Abbey Hyde

22 October, Hyde Parish Hall, 4.00pm

Hyde Abbey and King Alfred are the missing links in Winchester’s story of ‘Kings and Scribes’.

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Sunday 23rd October


King Alfred`s Day Service

23 October, St Bartholomew’s Church 09.30am


Bringing Hyde Abbey to Life (second day)

23 October, Hyde Parish Hall 11.00am to 4.00pm -yesterday exhibition continues

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Encaustic tile workshop (second day)

23 October, Hyde Parish Hall, 11.30am and 12 noon

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Roof at Old Hyde House

The Hyde Timber Project — Reconstructing the Past
A tale of two buildings told through timber from the abbey

23 October, Hyde Parish Hall, 2.00pm

The story of the latest Hyde900 major discovery into the building materials and construction of Roof at Old Hyde House (Mike Caldwell) Hyde Abbey.

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Hyde Abbey Area Guided Walk
The archaeology and architecture of the abbey

23 October, Meet in Hyde Parish Hall at 3.00pm

A tour of the abbey precinct area and opportunity to see what remains of the original buildings, and the sites of the now vanished parts in modern day Hyde. Follow the trail of stones reused from the abbey site.

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Winchester’s leading experts on medieval architecture joined local dignitaries in Hyde yesterday (7 September) for a briefing on the latest discoveries concerning the dispersed and recycled building materials from Hyde Abbey.

In an important new development David Spurling, a HYDE900 Trustee, revealed that oak timber in the attic of Old Hyde House, now the offices of ADAM Architecture, could be dated back to the late 13th century and, almost certainly would have originally constituted a seven canted roof in the Hyde Abbey structure.

Describing the research into the attic timbers as being equivalent to the investigation of a crime scene David Spurling explained that interest in the roof timber had originally been sparked, some years ago, by John Crook and Edward Roberts. hht110816 44(c)Following on this information HYDE900 organised a dendro-dating exercise which had placed the age of the wood several centuries before the construction of the house itself (probably late 16th century). The evidence of crown posts, central purlin and possibly tie beams all added up to them forming a sophisticated structure of a kind normally associated with an ecclesiastical building. This suggested a clear link with Hyde Abbey which appears to have undergone substantial redevelopment in the period 1260-1290.

The significance of this was underlined by HYDE900 Trustee Edward Fennell, who said that the beams represented an important link with Hyde Abbey when it was in its heyday. “This attic is now an invaluable part of the heritage of Hyde Abbey and, indeed, Hampshire. We can take enormous pride and satisfaction in having brought it to light. And ADAM Architecture can take pride, I would suggest, in being housed under it.”

To bring home the significance of what had been discovered the briefing concluded with a live-cam ‘tour’ of the attic providing close-up detail of the medieval timbers. In recognition of the willingness of ADAM Architecture to open its offices up to the investigation tribute was paid to the support afforded by ADAM Architecture’s Directors and staff.

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Summer news

The Hyde900 Summer newsletter was distributed recently, and is available at Hyde900 Summer 2016  e-newsletter link . Amongst other news, it includes early information on the programme for this year’s King Alfred Weekend, 20th to 23rd October, which includes the launch of the first public event of Winchester, the Royal City, a major new city and county wide project in which Hyde900 is a partner.

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