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`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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‘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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To book your FREE space please click here

 

 

 


‘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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To book your FREE space please click here

 

 

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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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