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.


Title reconstruction of the cloister arcade of Hyde Abbey

Title reconstruction of the cloister arcade of Hyde Abbey


The spectacular finds from the 2017 Hyde900 Community dig were unveiled at St. Bartholomew’s Church Hyde at the start of the 2017 King Alfred weekend.

The stonework discovered during the dig was found to comprise many pieces of what proved to be part of the cloister arcade of the abbey as it was built in the first part of the 12th century. The stones had been reused as part of a medieval wall which was found during the dig. Whilst adding to our understanding of some of the constructional details of the cloister it is still very unclear of the layout of the abbey. Hyde900 have been invited back for a second year of digging in these gardens.

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Hyde900`s autumn programme including the King Alfred Weekend 19th – 22nd October, and the Heritage Lottery Fund sponsored Hyde Abbey, the Lost Minster of King Alfred the Great, is set to be the best yet.

Please click here for the King Alfred Weekend 2017 Programme 

See below for a summary of the programme, and more information about other events leading up to the weekend;

  • The English Language Day lecture on 13th October presented by the  English Project.
  • Both of the new guided walks of the Hyde Abbey area, on October 7th and 14th, were/are fully booked but are to be repeated on 22nd October

The weekend proper starts with Hyde Soldiers 1917 – 2017 on Thursday 19th October in St Bartholomew`s.

This moving annual event offers both learning and commemoration, reflecting on the war time news of a century ago, and the life of local people.

Following a programme of music and poetry the names of the 1917 casualties are read aloud, to be heard by the modern day residents of their houses, and all who now walk the same streets, worship in the same church, and frequent the same pubs as those who left Hyde for war a century ago, never to return.

More information and booking for all events is available by clicking in the Events box on this page




In a remarkable post-script to the previous announcement  issued earlier today by Hyde900 concerning the

Intricately moulded stone find in Trench 7, 15 King Alfred Place

Intricately moulded stone find in Trench 7, 14 King Alfred Place

 discoveries made in its Bank Holiday Community Dig, we are delighted to announce a further important development.

Following the cleaning of stones this afternoon by Hyde900’s David Spurling in one of the principal excavation pits in King Alfred Terrace, householder Chris Prior decided to take a closer look at what had been exposed. Having scooped away some loose mortar he realised that what he had come across was, almost certainly, a capital to a column (a very rare object in the Hyde context). In fact, as he trowled further there appeared to be a series of these capitals.

In Chris Prior’s words, “I noticed that in the stone it was possible to see a very definite curved shape filled with mortar. So I had a dig around and it vanished into a bit of a void. As I looked more closely I noticed that the jointing of blocks on what looked like the surface of a wall was equidistant at about 280 millimetres and each one had a scalloped edge looking like the edge of a capital. And when we cleaned up further we saw the pattern continuing. So in fact we have found three – or maybe four – capitals making up the surface of the wall.”


Following further investigations, Hyde900 is able to report that the ‘capitals’ referred to in the report have now been identified, in fact, as ‘voussoirs’ (wedge-shaped stones which constitute an arch).
We will be issuing further information about this important find later on in the year when we hope to be able to put the voussoirs into the wider context of the abbey’s construction.

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