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.


King Alfred statue, Winchester

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.

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cover previewIn late September the back room of the Hyde Tavern pub in Winchester was filled with budding local writers who were celebrating the launch of their second book. Following on from the success of Inspired by Hyde, which was published in 2010, Hyde Days and Holidays has just come into print.

For this second book, we’ve broadened our horizons and the book contains a selection of poems and prose about both Hyde and travels further afield. Whether it is Winchester’s Water Meadows or Marrakech’s markets, the stories told will whisk you into another world, a world of facts and fiction and a feeling of escapism.

Supplementing these are two eye-witness accounts of the recent opening of the Unmarked Grave in the local church and its possible connection with King Alfred.

Hyde Days & Holidays is available now – you can order it online for £6.50 including postage and packaging.

To order, press the “Buy Now” button below. You can pay using a Paypal account if you have one, or by debit or credit card.

archives-kew (Read-Only)Thanks to Steve Brine MP a group from Hyde900 was able to visit The National Archives (TNA) in Kew to examine key documents in the history of Hyde Abbey.

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…

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