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.

Wassail (25th February – Hyde Parish Hall)



Hyde900 invites you to brighten up the bleak midwinter with a jolly evening of entertainment, along with other Hyde residents.

Can you sing or play a musical instrument? Come along.
Do you have a favourite poem or short passage from a book that you would like to share?  Come along.

We would love you to join us for an informal evening of music and entertainment, with an opportunity to get to know the neighbours.

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Hyde900 Wins Heritage Lottery Fund Support For ” Hyde Abbey  – Rediscovering The Lost Minster Of Alfred The Great “

HYDE900 is delighted to announce that it has been awarded £33,600 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to deliver a programme of activities and events during 2017, explaining and interpreting the history, structure and site of Hyde Abbey (Winchester), the final burial place of King Alfred the Great.

This follows the broadcast in 2014 of the BBC documentary ‘The Search for Alfred the Great’ which stimulated great interest in the site of the abbey which was dissolved on the orders of Henry VIII and demolished in the late 1530s.

Steve Marper, Chairman of HYDE900, explained “The increase in visitor numbers persuaded us that there needed to be more extensive explanatory material about both the abbey and the story of Alfred the Great whose remains were interred there in 1110.”

Plans are now under way to develop both ground-breaking digital resources and more traditional material to help visitors – real and virtual – to gain a better understanding of the construction and life of the abbey as well as its role as a royal mausoleum and place of pilgrimage. There will also be lectures, arts activities and educational material as well as opportunities for volunteers in community archaeology projects.

The full programme will be announced in the New Year and will open in March with the unveiling of a life-sized carving of Abbot Aston, the abbey’s most distinguished medieval figure.

Edward Fennell, Founder of HYDE900, commented: “Our aim is to establish Hyde Abbey permanently on the visitor trail for Winchester. . This will complement the other exciting plans now afoot to celebrate Royal Winchester.”

Steve Brine MP added: “Hyde 900 is one of the strongest community groups we have and protects the legend that is Alfred brilliantly. It was great to be able to support this bid which I am confident really add value to telling the story of his life and times in Winchester.”

Stuart McLeod, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South East, said: “We’re delighted that we can support Hyde900 to re-interpret the history of Hyde Abbey and highlight its importance in Winchester and in the UK. Thanks to National Lottery players, the stories of the building and of Alfred the Great will be better explained, through engaging community activities and exciting digital resources.”

HYDE900 would like to acknowledge the great support given to its application by Nigel Atkinson, Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire; Steve Brine MP; Councillor Fiona Mather; Hampshire Cultural Trust; Winchester City Council; St. Bede School; the University of Winchester; and Cliff Bannister, Rector, and the United Benefice of St. Bartholomew and St. Lawrence with St. Swithun-upon-Kingsgate.


About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk , @heritagelottery

2017 Hyde900 Community Dig update – December 2016

All is solved with no need for Techer's bucket of tools! The cheerful group is (L to R) Mike Craze, Techer Jones, John Crook and Chris Sellen

All is solved with no need for Techer’s bucket of tools! The cheerful group is (L to R) Mike Craze, Techer Jones, John Crook and Chris Sellen

Where should we put the trenches? As usual more is unknown than known.

Where should we put the trenches? As usual more is unknown than known.

There has been a lot of interest in the forthcoming dig to take place 27 to 30 April 2017. No less than 25 volunteers have registered to take part – those who wish to get involved are advised to register as soon as possible, as this will provide them with email updates and priority when bookings opens.

The dig sites, adjoining gardens courtesy of Chis Prior and wife Ann (no 14 King Alfred Terrace) and Justine Field (No 15) were visited by the writer (David Spurling) , John Crook, Consultant Archaeologist Cathedral, Chris Sellen, Techer Jones and Mike Craze (WARG).

The consensus was that we would be finding ground level (medieval, that is) remains of the cloister and also the cloister buildings, most probably the refectory. If this is the case it will be the first time we will know the positions of the north and south walls of the building, and even the line of the cloister arcading.

Potential excavation areas were identified, and it seems likely that no less than four areas will be excavated. As with the 2016 dig, there will be 2 hour slots for diggers, sievers and finds processors/recorders. The event should provide opportunities for over 70 participants (max allowed slots per person – two)

The full dig proposal is available to down load here

To register http://www.hyde900.org.uk/events/2017-hyde900-community-dig/

For insurance purposes please note that volunteers have to be members of either Hyde900 or WARG .

To join Hyde900 http://www.hyde900.org.uk/join/

For WARG http://www.warg.org.uk/

Encaustic Tile Workshop – November 2016

Griffin tile found at the Hyde Abbey site

Griffin tile found at the Hyde Abbey site

Some 24 apprentice medieval tile makers ranging in ages between 5 and 75 got their hands dirty taking part in this year’s King Alfred Weekend tile workshops.

The four workshop sessions gave people an opportunity of trying their hand at tile making in an authentic medieval manner. The workshops were ably run by artist Kate Arnold – who had recently produced stunning drawings for the programme to accompany the very successful Hyde900 performances of Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis – and who took her apprentices though the patterned encaustic tile making process. She had previously produced the “stamps”, carved from well seasoned beech. The two patterns were based on finds of tiles from the Hyde abbey site. Together with “frames” and a bow cutter these were used to create the tiles using raw clay kindly supplied by Michelmersh Brick and Tile Company.

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