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.
Hyde900 presents a weekend of events around the theme of Alfred the Great, jointly organised by Hyde900 and St Bartholomew’s Church.
Ruler of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex from AD871 to 899, Alfred subdued the invading Vikings and brought about a new era of learning, culture and law that built the foundations of our modern society. Having been buried in the New Minster in central Winchester for over 200 years, his remains were transferred to the newly-built Hyde Abbey in AD1110. October 26th 2014 marks the 1115th anniversary of his death.
Since 2012, Hyde900 has organised an annual weekend of events on subjects relating to King Alfred and Hyde.
Hosted by Adrian Ailes, Principal Records Specialist at the TNA, the Chairman of Hyde900, Steve Marper, and Founder, Edward Fennell, along with five colleagues and Alison Lawrence from the University of Winchester, were able to look closely at some of the most important sources of information about Hyde in the sixteenth century.
The highlight of the display was the Valor Ecclesiasticus which was commissioned by Henry the Eighth so he would know how much wealth the Church had in England and Wales. This information was used to decide which monasteries should be closed and effectively sealed the fate of the abbey at Hyde because it revealed the considerable assets held within the monastic establishment (including those of the hospitality department!). The next step in the Hyde Abbey story was then represented by the ‘surrender document’ signed by the Abbot of Hyde, John Salcot, and the remaining monks when they departed leaving the abbey to be pillaged and pulled down by Thomas Wriothesley, a favoured henchman of the king. Read more…
Here’s a slideshow of photos from this year’s ride, taken mostly by Joe Low (and a few spares by others). Read more…
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.