King Alfred Weekend 2018

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Thursday 25th October



Venue St. Bartholomew’s Church. King Alfred Place, Hyde
Tickets £5 (£4 for Hyde900 members Under 16s Free)


6.00 pm: King Alfred Weekend launch event / Drinks Reception

followed by

6.30 pm:  Welcome by Rev’d Cliff Bannister, Rector, St. Bartholomew’s Church.

Alan Lovell, Chair of Hampshire Cultural Trust will then talk about Hampshire Cultural Trust's work with partners to continue ‘joining up’ Winchester's heritage offer, including promoting the city's nationally important Anglo-Saxon heritage, and the possible development of a new museum experience in central Winchester,

followed by

The Hyde900 King Alfred Lecture 2018: ’What Did the Monasteries Ever Do for Us?’

presented by Dr Simon Roffey, Reader, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology of the University of Winchester.
Dr Simon Roffey, seen recently on BBC TV in Professor Alice Roberts’ series on historic cities, will examine the story of the medieval monasteries and consider the benefits that they brought ranging from scholarship and education to healthcare and work with the poor. He will answer definitively the question, ‘What did the monasteries ever do for us?’ before they were dissolved by Henry VIII in the 1530s.


Friday 26th October



St. Bartholomew’s Church, 6.30-7.45 pm
This is a free event but reserve seat in advance.


The War to end All Wars’ – come and join in a community event of both joy and sadness as we remember the twenty men from Hyde who were killed in 1918 and reflect on the events 1914 – 18. With strong community participation, poetry, music, history and personal commemoration this service marks a unique occasion in Hyde history. Not to be missed!


Hyde Parish Hall, 8.00 pm until late
Tickets £5 (Hyde900 members £4, under-16s free) Pay on the door but please book in advance


Following the Hyde Soldier ‘Annual Commemoration’ (above) come across to the Hyde Parish Hall to mark the centenary of the ending of the World War I with the Hyde900 Armistice Party featuring music and refreshments to remind us of both the sacrifice and the relief at the arrival of peace.

Saturday 27th October



Hyde Parish Hall, 10.15am -3.30pm
In Hyde Parish Hall

There will be a continuous display of exhibition materials relating to the superbly successful Community Excavation 2018 in King Alfred Terrace and to the exploration of the story of the County Bridewell in King Alfred Place together with other material relating to the story of Hyde Abbey.


Building on the experience of Hyde900 members in using local records we present two small-scale workshops to explain how to get started in researching various aspects of Hyde life and history.
Both workshops are free events but please book your place in advance.


Researching the WW1 Soldiers of Hyde

Darch Room, Hyde Parish Hall , 10.30-11.30 am

This is a free event but reserve seat in advance.


Featuring displays of weapons, uniforms and military artefacts you will have the opportunity to use the Hyde Soldiers data base to find out who lived in your house, wherever you live in Winchester and discover their military record. The Hyde Soldiers team (led by Caroline Scott) will be on hand to share their experiences of investigating military careers from the First World War.


Researching Prisoner Histories from Winchester in the 18th and 19th centuries

Darch Room, Hyde Parish Hall, 11.15-11.55 am

This is a free event but reserve seat in advance.


There is a wealth of information available in the Hampshire Record Office and elsewhere about the inmates of Winchester’s historic gaols. Based on her experience of researching the County Bridewell in Hyde, Norma Goodwin will lead this workshop and offer a remarkable insight into the lives and crimes of Hampshire residents which will be of interest to anyone concerned with local history.


Hyde900 Annual General Meeting For All Hyde900 Members

Hyde Parish Hall, 12.00-1.00 pm


With Guest Speaker The Reverend Canon Dr. Roland Riem, Vice-Dean & Canon Chancellor, Winchester Cathedral.

Ahead of the opening of the new gallery in Winchester Cathedral (focused on the famous Winchester Bible) come along to hear how curators of our great institutions need to reconcile the promotion of heritage and belief with financial and business realities (an issue equally of relevance to the precincts of Hyde Abbey). Also hear reports on all of Hyde900’s diverse activities in 2018, announcement of plans for 2019 and take part in our annual ‘Open Forum’ discussion’ to seek feedback, ideas for the future.


Buffet lunch to ‘Meet the Committee’

Hyde Parish Hall, 1.00-2.00 pm


This is the chance for Hyde900 members to discuss informally the future development of Hyde900, offer your own suggestions and to see also displays about the 2018 Community Dig and the results of the County Bridewell research project.

These are free Hyde900 members-only events; please book your place in advance.



Hyde Parish Hall, 2.00-3.00 pm
Tickets £5 (Hyde900 members £4 Under 16s Free); please book in advance.


As part of our commemoration of the end of war Professor Chris Mann, Professor Emeritus of Poetry at Rhodes University (South Africa), author of numerous books and plays and founder of Wordfest, South Africa will give his Reflections On Thomas Hardy And The First World War – A Poet’s Perspective. This will be followed by a short series of readings by members of the Hampshire Writers Society of work inspired by recent research by the Hyde900 ‘Hyde Soldiers’ project.


Meet under the arch of  Hyde Gate, 3.15-4.15 pm

This is a free event but book place in advance


Accompany David Spurling, the organiser of this year’s very successful community excavation, as he guides you with expert knowledge around the historic site of Hyde Abbey (also the location of the County Bridewell in the 18th and 19th centuries).


St. Bartholomew’s Church, 7.30 pm
Tickets £5 (Hyde900 members £4, under-16s free); please book in advance.


A highly original mixed live music performance and projected animation based on the life of Paul Nash, the famous World War One war artist, presented by The Cabinet of Living Cinema, the acclaimed London-based arts collective. This is a unique opportunity to see a very lively and inventive take on the aftermath of war for one of the greatest of England’s 20th century artists. It complements the post-WW1 art exhibition Aftermath at the Tate Britain Gallery, London.
For more see

followed by

Remembering King Alfred
Following a short interlude of Chant by Vox Humana/Gregoriana the annual candle-lit procession to King Alfred’s Grave will take place to mark the 1119th anniversary of his death, concluding with a short reading from Ealdorman Aethelweard’s testimony on ‘Alfred’s Greatness’ written in the 10th Century.

Sunday 28th October



St. Bartholomew’s Church, 9.30 am

followed by a congregational procession to the graves of King Alfred and his family in Hyde Abbey Garden


These are free lectures but book your seat in advance.

Following research this year into the history of the County Bridewell in King Alfred Place and the lasting impact of the dissolved monasteries from the sixteenth centuries we are delighted to present two lectures focused on the abbey precincts and the monastic legacy.


Why Was Hyde Abbey Obliterated?

Hyde Parish Hall, 3.00-3.50 pm


Professor Emma Clery of Southampton University discusses how late 18th century England became fascinated by the mystique of the monastery. The ruins of Tintern Abbey on the River Wye and Netley Abbey near Southampton inspired poems and paintings and became magnets for tourists in search of the picturesque. Yet there was still some hostility towards reminders of the Catholic past, and the remains of Hyde Abbey were swept away to make way for the County Bridewell, apparently without protest. This talk traces the clash of ideas about monastic buildings from the Gothic craze and the satires of Jane Austen to Catholic revivalism and the radical writings of William Cobbett.


The Story Of The County Bridewell 

Hyde Parish Hall, 4.00-5.00 pm


A presentation by Dr. Helen Paul, University of Southampton The Winchester County Bridewell was built to serve the county of Hampshire as a prison located on the site of the old Hyde Abbey. (There was another Bridewell for Winchester itself). It was designed as part of the prison reform movement at the the end of the 18th century to accommodate both male and female inmates, primarily petty offenders, in a humane prison system. Detailed rules were laid down about how the prison was meant to function and how the inmates were to be supervised and occupied. However, over time the initial high expectations were frequently betrayed and abuses crept in. Besides which many of the convicts had tragic personal stories to tell. In some cases mothers and children alike died in the prison and were buried in the St. Bart’s graveyard. The Bridewell building itself has almost entirely disappeared but it leaves extensive traces in the archives. In this talk, we shall rediscover some of the lost stories of the County Bridewell.



Hyde Gate Chamber, 5.00-5.30 pm

(conditions permitting – please check our website in the week prior to the event)


Local artists Kate Theodore and Sophie Cunningham Dawe respond to the ‘Stones of Hyde Abbey’, particularly the ‘voussoirs’ and other finds from the 2017/18 Community Digs. Their new work will be on view in the Hyde Chamber and will launch at 5-5.30 PM with a short presentation.
This is a FREE event but reserve your place in advance. All welcome – but come well wrapped up!
Then it’s all off to hot drinks and a final celebration of the weekend.