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.

The Hyde900 King Alfred Weekend is held annually as close as possible to the anniversary of the King’s death on 26th October 899, which this year falls on a Saturday. St Bartholomew’s has long commemorated the occasion, but since the Hyde Abbey 900th anniversary celebrations in 2010, Hyde900 has organised a programme celebrating the Hyde area, both the history ancient and more recent that we have been uncovering, plus more contemporary events including music and the visual arts.

This year’s weekend starts as usual with the annual Hyde900 King Alfred Lecture, and includes the last event for the Hyde Soldiers WW1 project which will conclude this year on Sunday November 10th, more from research on the County Bridewell which stood on the Abbey site for part of the 18th and 19th centuries, and an opportunity to discuss how the Abbey Gateway (apart from St Bartholomew’s, the only remaining Abbey building still standing) might be better cared for and presented.

Please click here to download the brochure.

We strongly advise that both priced tickets and free reserved places be booked in advance by email events@hyde900.org.uk or telephone 01962 864487.

Please click here to book online from the list of King Alfred Weekend events.


Don’t miss the opportunity of making a medieval tile and seeing the amazing finds from the back gardens of Hyde surrounded by 1000 years of Winchester’s history!!

Encaustic medieval tiles

Find out how tiles were made in medieval times and try your hand at making one yourself – but be prepared to get your hands dirty! Numbers are limited to 6 per workshop session and sessions will take place hourly over the event. They will be on a strictly bookable basis only. Children are welcome. For a fee Hyde900 can arrange to have your tile glazed and fired – but at the tile makers risk!


Hyde900 Community Digs 2016-18

The cream of the amazing finds from the digs will be on display alongside the reconstructed Norman arch from the abbey cloisters. The finds range from a miniature head carved from stone in the 12th century, to a half round column made from limestone formed in the Roman aqueduct to Winchester.

See how the archaeology from the digs in the three gardens has redrawn the outline of Hyde Abbey cloister.

More information and bookings  on


To find out more about the Museum refurbished gallery




A delighted tiler Launenc Hotot picking up her tile

A delighted tiler Launenc Hotot picking up her tile

The Hyde900 Norman cloister arch of Hyde Abbey being reassembled in the museum(c)

The Hyde900 Norman cloister arch of Hyde Abbey being reassembled in the museum(c)


Master tile maker Roger Harris instructing on the art of tile making

Master tile maker Roger Harris instructing on the art of tile making

Delighted tilemakers admire their handiwork after instruction from Hyde900 trustee Rose Burns

Delighted tilemakers admire their handiwork after instruction from Hyde900 trustee Rose Burns



Apprentice tiler getting stuck in!

Apprentice tiler getting stuck in!

Twenty  tile makers from September’s Hyde900 Heritage Open Day event have so far  collected their tiles – and have been universally delighted with the results. Emails have gone out to all who wished to have their tiles glazed and fired – at least those where the email addresses could be deciphered! The two other days for collection are Saturday 19  and Tuesday 22 January. If any tile maker wishes to collect their tile, and hasn’t already been in contact is invited to contact the event organiser at david@pekingparismorgan.com.”


The Grimes family (Elias (lion), Ivan and Heather, a bit overawed by the photography, but delighted by the results

Tile making in full swing

Tiles ready for collection


Hyde900 had over 1,000 visitors to its stand and more than one hundred participants in its medieval tile-making workshop, making this year’s Heritage Open Days as the best ever.

“We’ve enjoyed unprecedented levels of interest in the Hyde Abbey story and are delighted that there continues to be enormous enthusiasm among the public for the process of reproducing tiles modelled on the original medieval designs from Hyde,” said Hyde900 Chairman Steve Marper.

People of all ages were visibly enjoying the opportunity to work with clay to form tiles bearing complex patterns derived from the medieval originals, tutored by local artist Kate Arnold. “Many participants were totally amazed by the high quality of what they were able to produce,” said David Spurling, co-ordinator of the event. “Once they have been glazed and fired they will be good enough to grace the cathedral itself!”

Visitors to the Hyde900 stand also had the opportunity to see the reconstructed arch from the abbey cloisters using ‘voussoir’ and other stonework which had been discovered during the recent community excavations. The arch will be on permanent display in the Winchester Museum early in 2019. Further details on

The Cloister arch display was previewed before its move to Winchester Museum in 2019

The Hyde900 marquees were frequently at capacity


See the downloadable banner showing the major finds of the 2018 dig and the revised outline of the cloister on the basis of the refectory walls

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