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.
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.
Highest ever entry for the Wantage to Winchester Bike Ride 2016
Cllr Stephen Trinder, Mayor of Wantage joined more than 160 riders for the 53 mile Wantage to Winchester cycle ride, on Sunday 17th July. Organised by Hyde 900 and local social enterprise Bespoke Biking, the ride started in the birthplace of King Alfred the Great, Wantage, and finished at his final resting place, welcomed by Cllr Jane Rutter, the Mayor Winchester.
Now in its 9th year, the non-competitive scenic ride travelled along quiet country lanes along the Vale of the White Horse, over the Marlborough Downs, across the Thames valley and over the North Hampshire Downs, with easy cycling through the sleepy villages of the Bourne valley. “So many riders were saying how beautiful the ride was through the stunning countryside.” Said Heather Evans of Bespoke Biking.
Hyde900 celebrates the history of Hyde Abbey in Winchester and its neighbourhood – a story closely tied to King Alfred the Great.Steve Marper Chairman of Hyde900 said, “Our journey follows the story of King Alfred’s life. We start beneath Alfred’s statue in Wantage, his birthplace on the northern borders of Wessex. Crossing the Downs we pass near the site of Alfred’s first major victory over the Viking invaders. We finish near Winchester’s own statue of Alfred in the Broadway.”
Heritage Open Day – September 10th
Hyde900’s contribution to the nationwide Day will feature two tours of the site of Hyde Abbey. Visitors will hear the story of the Abbey from foundation in 1110, through the dissolution in 1538 and the subsequent turbulent history of the site up to the present day. The tours will encourage visitors to try to identify where some of the building materials were recycled into new structures in the Hyde area. Finally, visitors will hear about the latest Hyde900 research on the fabric of the Abbey, and how this is helping us to understand how the Abbey looked in its heyday.
Heritage Open Days is the country’s largest heritage festival with around 5,000 events, over 40,000 volunteers and more than three million visitors taking part. Celebrating local history, architecture and culture, the four-day event offers everyone the chance to see hidden places and experience something new – all of which are completely free to explore.
Heritage Open Days operates as part of the National Trust with funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Established in 1994, it is England’s contribution to the European Heritage Days, which is held annually in September in 50 signatory states to the European Cultural Convention.
For more information and to find out about events across England www.heritageopendays.org.uk