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.


Mayor of Wantage Councillor Fiona Riper, accompanied by the Town Crier, sounded the starting horn on 20th July for the 7th annual Wantage to Winchester Cycle Ride. Over 100 riders followed the outstandingly beautiful route devised by Hyde resident Andy Key.

Leaving Wantage westwards they later turned south to climb Blowing Stone Hill, named after the rock at its foot where Alfred the Great is said to have rallied his troops.  A refreshment stop while riders admired the panoramic views from Combe Gibbet  was followed by a sunlit run back to Winchester through the picturesque villages of the Bourne valley. This year’s route ended in Hyde Abbey Garden where the first riders home were welcomed by the Mayor of Winchester,  Councillor Eileen Berry, with Friends of Hyde Abbey Garden on hand to explain the history of the area to new visitors.

The 53 mile ride celebrates King Alfred the Great (849-899) who first brought together the territory that became modern England. He was born in Wantage where a commemorative statue in the market place was the start of the ride. This year’s finishing point, Hyde Abbey Garden, is on the site of Alfred’s burial place in the now vanished Hyde Abbey, once among the most prominent in England, and featured in  the January 2014 BBC2 documentary The Search for Alfred the Great, in which Hyde900 took part.

Welcome to the fifth anniversary Michaelmas Music programme in which we celebrate the musical tradition of Hyde Abbey in the acoustic gem of the church of St. Bartholomew, Hyde.

Our eclectic programme takes you through the ages from the early music of Vox Humana and Index Cantorum – appropriate to the history of Hyde Abbey – right up to date with the fabulous contemporary virtuoso guitarist Jad Azkoul. En route we welcome back Hyde900’s own choir and our regular student participation from the mixed choirs of the University of Winchester. We also renew our convention of featuring, in our inaugural concert, two young Winchester musicians Jenny Whitby (flute) and Max McCulloch (violin) at the start of their careers.

Michaelmas Music provides an opportunity for the Winchester community to enjoy high quality music performed in a unique local setting. Come along and enjoy the sound.

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Under the auspices of Hyde 900 there is a project afoot to research and document the lives of the soldiers of the First World War who are commemorated in St Bartholemews Church.

Apart from Regiment, Rank and Age, the intent is to explore the stories behind the names, to bring to our very comfortable and peaceful lives in Hyde today, a concept of the community during this time.

If you are interested in joining a working party; enjoy research –   ably assisted by Alys Blakeway and  would like to take part in what  promises to be a fascinating task, with an excellent group of  ‘ Hydeites’  please contact Caroline Scott on 01962853997 or e mail scotty@traceysheppard.co.uk or livinghistory@hyde900.org.uk

Equally if anyone has any information on any of the soldiers who so sadly did not return, all leads are welcome at this initial stage.     

Walk

Walking King Alfred’s London

 

On Saturday 17th May an intrepid group of Hyde900 members and friends along with Morris the cockerpoo, set off in search of King Alfred’s London, in the capable hands of City of London Guide, Val Pretlove.

 

Assembling in the crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral we learnt that after the Romans packed up and left Londinium in 410 AD, it was abandoned and used as farmland. In 886 AD Alfred reclaimed and regenerated the city by taking the land from the Vikings and turning it into the habitable Lundenburgh; building houses, markets and churches, creating streets and wards and a structure of governance headed by aldermen.  The current Queenhithe and Billingsgate became important quays.

 

The first St Paul’s Cathedral had been founded in 604 AD and burnt down in 962 AD. The rebuilt church was moved to the current site, probably on to the site of a Roman temple on the western hill away from the derelict Roman forum and basilica. Whilst Alfred would have been familiar with the area where we were standing, he certainly would not have been familiar with the traffic and building noise that assailed us once we moved out of the cathedral precincts. Read more…

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