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.

Registrations open for 2021 Community Dig 19 – 22 August

The 5th annual community dig will provide another exciting opportunity for you to get involved in the dig to find the remains of Hyde Abbey. Opportunities include the actual digging, but equally exciting the finds processing and recording of finds. The dig is open to all those from 5 years on. To keep informed of the plans for the dig, and get priority access to bookings please register HERE.

We already have enough householders offering their gardens in what was the Inner Precinct of Hyde Abbey to be confident that this year’s dig will reveal more about the layout and architecture of the abbey.

Previous digs have established the locations of the east and south sets of cloister buildings. What is still unknown is the position and extent of the west arm of the cloister. This is where, traditionally, the cellarer operated and had his storerooms. It also sometimes housed the monk’s dormitory – or was accommodation for the abbot.

However for a grand monastery such as Hyde, having at one time a mitred abbot, it is likely that  in later years that he would have had separate accommodation – perhaps in the two storied building found just outside the cloister area at last year’s dig. We will keep you updated as planning proceeds. To read the latest press release click HERE

Despite the problems of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are pleased to report that the tiles made by over 80 tilemakers at the September Hyde900 Heritage Open Days event have now been glazed and fired. We can also report that the level of tile making expertise has improved with fewer losses in the firing process than ever before.

This year we have arranged that your tiles can be collected from a central Winchester location. As soon as COVID-19 regulations allow this we will be in contact with you by email or phone.

Are you a match for Hyde’s very own Egghead?

How much do you know about Hyde? Test your knowledge in this unique quiz, compiled and presented by television quizzer Kevin Ashman.

Hyde900 had an exciting and successful 2020, despite all the restrictions.

After a lot of work by the volunteers on the committee and many willing helpers on the event days we were able to take part in the Winchester Heritage Open Day festival in the summer.

The King Alfred weekend and community dig went ahead in the autumn and despite the rain, was bigger and better than before.

Please click here to see the Hyde900 Newsletter – February 2021

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