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;

• Lectures on 28th September and 13th October
• Two exciting new guided walks of the Hyde Abbey area, on October 7th and 14th

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



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The Dissolution of the Monasteries in Hampshire

28 September 2017 – Thursday

Location: West Side Lecture Theatre, Winchester / 19:30

Speaker: Dr. John Hare (Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries)

The Dissolution of the Monasteries saw both the most extensive redistribution of land since the Norman Conquest and, for many people, was one of the most dramatic episodes in the English Reformation.

To book your FREE seat please click here

 The English Project’s Annual Lecture The Making of English in India

13_oct_David Gradual13 October  2017 – Friday

Location : Stripe Theatre, University of Winchester / Doors open at 17:45

Speaker: David Graddol

The English Project`s annual lecture celebrate English Language Day will be delivered by David Graddol, celebrated linguist and expert on English in India and China. 2017 is the India-UK Year of Culture.

No charge but booking required via the English Project.


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In the run-up to this year’s King Alfred Weekend, visitors can join 2 exciting new guided-walks of the Abbey site, devised by Anna Withers.

‘Bare Ruin’d Choirs’

The Story of Hyde Abbey from Foundation to Dissolution

07 October 2017 / Saturday

Meet in the Abbey gateway, King Alfred Place, at 14:30

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.


To book your FREE space please click here




‘Breaking the Rule’
Monkish Misconduct in Hyde Abbey

14 October 2017 / Saturday

Meet in the Abbey gateway, King Alfred Place, at 14:30


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.


To book your FREE space please click here



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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.”


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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