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.
St. Bede Pupils Explore Mysteries of local Abbey with aid of Hyde900 – And come up with an exciting NEW DISCOVERY!
Two pupils from St. Bede School, Thomas Agombar and Ezra Holliday, made an astonishing discovery within the precincts of Hyde Abbey last week as part of a project to turn the historic site into a learning resource for Year 5 pupils.
Medieval Abbot Makes Re-appearance in Hyde Abbey, Winchester with help of local MP Steve Brine
Newly commissioned life-sized sculpture embodies story of abbey where King Alfred the Great lies buried St. Bartholomew’s Church, Winchester was packed on Friday evening [3rd March] for the unveiling by the Revd. Canon Cliff Banister assisted by local MP Steve Brine and the Deputy Mayor of Winchester David Mclean of a life sized sculpture in wood of 13th Century Abbot Walter de Aston.
The carving had been commissioned from the well-known St.Cross-based wood carver, Alex Jones by local heritage group Hyde900 as a way of embodying the story of Hyde Abbey (and its predecessor New Minster) where King Alfred the Great was buried.
“Abbot Aston presided over the abbey 1222-1248 about mid-way through the lifespan of New Minster/Hyde Abbey,” explained Hyde900 Chair, Steve Marper. “It was a very large, very affluent abbey but it is now almost entirely disappeared apart from St. Bartholomew’s which was its lay chapel. By commissioning this statue of Abbot Aston we are giving a human dimension to the story of the abbey. Our intention is that it should complement the Hammo Thornycroft figure of King Alfred in the Broadway so as to sum up the two dimensions of the abbey story – a royal burial place for Alfred and an important ecclesiastical establishment for Aston.”
Hyde Abbey – The Lost Minster of King Alfred The Great
For over six hundred years after his death in 899 AD. KING ALFRED lay buried in Winchester,
These were both great and beautiful churches, a destination for pilgrims and sites of historic events.
Then, during the Reformation, HYDE ABBEY was dissolved and its buildings largely demolished.
But it was not entirely forgotten. It is now a site of national significance as the last resting place of two of England’s most significant Anglo-Saxon kings.
During 2017 Hyde900 (a community-based heritage group) with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, will be organising an exciting series of events and activities to expand understanding of HYDE ABBEY. More information about these can be found on the links below.
King Alfred Weekend 2017
Hyde900’s Annual King Alfred Lecture 2017
20 October 2017 – Friday
‘The Liber Vitae’ – One of Hyde Abbey’s greatest treasures
Speaker: Professor Simon Keynes (Cambridge University)
We are delighted to welcome from Cambridge, Professor Simon Keynes one of the UK’s leading experts on the age of King Alfred and, in particular, on the Liber Vitae which was was probably the outstanding manuscript held in the library of Hyde Abbey. Now in the British Library the Liber Vitae lists the names of brethren and benefactors of the New Minster, Winchester, recorded for commendation to God during daily mass.