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King Alfred Weekend 2017

datePosted on 23:17, September 18th, 2017 by Rahsan Spurling

Hyde900`s autumn programme including the King Alfred Weekend 19th – 22nd October, and the Heritage Lottery Fund sponsored Hyde Abbey, the Lost Minster of King Alfred the Great, is set to be the best yet.

Please click here for the King Alfred Weekend 2017 Programme 

See below for a summary of the programme, and more information about other events leading up to the weekend;

  • The English Language Day lecture on 13th October presented by the  English Project.
  • Both of the new guided walks of the Hyde Abbey area, on October 7th and 14th, were/are fully booked but are to be repeated on 22nd October

The weekend proper starts with Hyde Soldiers 1917 – 2017 on Thursday 19th October in St Bartholomew`s.

This moving annual event offers both learning and commemoration, reflecting on the war time news of a century ago, and the life of local people.

Following a programme of music and poetry the names of the 1917 casualties are read aloud, to be heard by the modern day residents of their houses, and all who now walk the same streets, worship in the same church, and frequent the same pubs as those who left Hyde for war a century ago, never to return.

More information and booking for all events is available by clicking in the Events box on this page

 

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Upcoming Events

datePosted on 00:03, September 18th, 2017 by Rahsan Spurling

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‘Bare Ruin’d Choirs’

The Story of Hyde Abbey from Foundation to Dissolution

22 October 2017 / Sunday

Meet in the Abbey gateway, King Alfred Place, at 11:30

Following on from previous guided walks, this new tour explains not only the location of the abbey buildings, but also more of the abbey area’s sometimes troubled history, both pre and post dissolution. This includes the 2013 Unmarked Grave project as televised on BBC2, and the background to the dramatic community dig findings that will be revealed on 20th October during the King Alfred weekend.
There is no charge for these walks, but advance booking is required.

Sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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‘Breaking the Rule’
Monkish Misconduct in Hyde Abbey

22 October 2017 / Sunday

Meet in the Abbey gateway, King Alfred Place, at 15:00

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As well as touring the abbey site, the walk includes a fascinating insight into a part of abbey life that is quite different from the usual, expected, fairly austere round of quiet devotion, prayer and study. Included in this tour is the story of Hyde Abbey fighting against the bishop as they took different sides in the civil war for the throne between William the Conqueror’s quarrelling grandchildren, Stephen and Matilda. Hear how later, at least two future bishops were officially to admonish the abbots for their monks’ decidedly un-pious behaviour! Learn too how the monks were repeatedly in trouble for breaking the monastic rules and how one abbot was even paid to stay away from the abbey.
There is no charge, but advance booking is required.
Sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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2017 Community Dig video

datePosted on 13:41, July 13th, 2017 by Rahsan Spurling

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HYDE900’s ‘COMMUNITY DIG’ POST-SCRIPT: FURTHER IMPORTANT MEDIEVAL FINDS FUEL SPECULATION ABOUT ABBEY’S CONSTRUCTION

In a remarkable post-script to the previous announcement  issued earlier today by Hyde900 concerning the

Intricately moulded stone find in Trench 7, 15 King Alfred Place

Intricately moulded stone find in Trench 7, 14 King Alfred Place

 discoveries made in its Bank Holiday Community Dig, we are delighted to announce a further important development.

Following the cleaning of stones this afternoon by Hyde900’s David Spurling in one of the principal excavation pits in King Alfred Terrace, householder Chris Prior decided to take a closer look at what had been exposed. Having scooped away some loose mortar he realised that what he had come across was, almost certainly, a capital to a column (a very rare object in the Hyde context). In fact, as he trowled further there appeared to be a series of these capitals.

In Chris Prior’s words, “I noticed that in the stone it was possible to see a very definite curved shape filled with mortar. So I had a dig around and it vanished into a bit of a void. As I looked more closely I noticed that the jointing of blocks on what looked like the surface of a wall was equidistant at about 280 millimetres and each one had a scalloped edge looking like the edge of a capital. And when we cleaned up further we saw the pattern continuing. So in fact we have found three – or maybe four – capitals making up the surface of the wall.”

COMMUNITY DIG UPDATE May 6 2017

Following further investigations, Hyde900 is able to report that the ‘capitals’ referred to in the report have now been identified, in fact, as ‘voussoirs’ (wedge-shaped stones which constitute an arch).
We will be issuing further information about this important find later on in the year when we hope to be able to put the voussoirs into the wider context of the abbey’s construction.

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DISCOVERIES ON HYDE ABBEY SITE BY VOLUNTEER ARCHAEOLOGISTS GIVE NEW INSIGHT INTO ANCIENT TIMES

David Ashby, University of Winchester and Advisor to the 2017 Hyde900 Community Dig, in Trench 7 with abacus

David Ashby, University of Winchester and Advisor to the 2017 Hyde900 Community Dig, in Trench 7 with abacus

Two major surprise discoveries lit up the final hours of Hyde900’s Bank Holiday Weekend Community Dig (supported by WARG, the society for Winchester archaeology and local history) to shed new light on the history of Hyde and to solve a mystery linked to St. Bartholomew’s church.

Excavations over the course of three days in the gardens of two houses in King Alfred Terrace covering what is believed to be the cloisters of Hyde Abbey had revealed a mass of building and other material dating back to the middle ages. However it wasn’t until the final day that startling conclusions were reached which could transform our understanding of this area of Winchester.

Potentially most important was the unearthing of a significant amount of Roman mortar fragments together with tesserae (small blocks of clay used in a plain mosaic floor) in one of the five trenches which had been opened up by the volunteer archaeologists. Located at a level lower than that of an adjacent wall and floor – probably part of the medieval monastery – this prompted a re-evaluation of the site. “The volume of material that we have found opens out the possibility of a building from the Roman era in this location,” explained David Ashby from the University of Winchester. “The Roman road from Winchester to Silchester ran about one hundred metres to the west and it is possible that this material came from a nearby house in the countryside just to the north of the Roman city. But we had never seen this before.”

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2017 Community Dig Diary

datePosted on 11:49, April 26th, 2017 by Rahsan Spurling

April 26 – Set Up Day

The team arrived to collect equipment  for the dig which was duly moved to the gardens of 14 and 15 King Alfred Terrace, the site of the year’s dig and the second in the series of annual Hyde900 digs on the site of the church and cloisters of the lost minster of King Alfred the Great.

The position of the trenches had been the subject of several discussions – we had  the information on what had been found  during  gardening by Chris Prior, who with his wife Anne owned no 14.

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April 27 – Day One

P>The day got off to an early start with the writer getting to the BBC Radio Solent for an interview at 0725, followed by an hour of traffic jams to return to Winchester. Somewhat vital as I had the Organisation and Sign on tent in the back of the car. However, this was mantled in time to receive the first set of enthusiastic volunteers….

To view videos of the opening day of the dig see the link below.

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April 28 – Day Two

 

To view videos of todays dig see the link below.

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April 29 – Day Three

 

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April 30 – Day Four

The writer must apologise for the lack of written updates since Day One. His (inadequate) excuses include the unexpected number of participants in the dig (150 versus the – what we felt would be challenging – target of 100), the level of media interest (features on Solent Radio, visits to site for filming by ITV News and That’s Solent TV), and of course the totally amazing and  unexpected outcomes  of the dig itself……

 

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News

datePosted on 20:36, April 25th, 2017 by Rahsan Spurling

Project Space 2017

Submission date for bursary applications now extended!

Project Space is the visual arts element of the ‘Hyde Abbey – the Lost Minster of King Alfred the Great’ project, and for the first time, bursaries are being offered to artists.

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2017 Hyde900 Community Dig April 27th-30th

datePosted on 01:30, March 29th, 2017 by Rahsan Spurling

Bookings now open for the 2017 Hyde900 Community Dig April 27th-30th

Hyde900_communitydigHyde900 are organising a further community dig event to take place April 27th to 30th, following on from the highly successful event organised last year. We very much hope you will take part or visit the dig on the Open Day on Sunday April 30th. Full training will be given and booking is now open on.

 

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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

Two pupils from St. Bede School, Thomas Agombar and Ezra Holliday, made an astonishing 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.

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King Alfred Weekend 2017

Hyde900’s Annual King Alfred Lecture 2017

ProfessorSimonKeynes20 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.

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