Community Dig 2022

August 18th – 21st, 09.00 – 17.00

Hyde, Winchester

Hyde900 are organising their sixth community dig to take place August 18th to 21nd  following previous years’ highly successful events. This year’s event returns to what was the Inner Precinct of Hyde Abbey, on the outskirts of Winchester, and once again we are exploring the remains of the abbey’s medieval cloisters and adjacent buildings.

We already have enough householders offering their gardens to be confident that this year’s dig will reveal more about the layout and architecture of the abbey. We anticipate that once again finds from the dig will help illuminate the life of the inhabitants of the abbey, which flourished from 1110 to the Dissolution in 1538/9.

We very much hope you will take part or visit the dig on the Open Day on Saturday August 20th.

The event is open to all, although under 18s need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Full training will be given.

The cost per 2 hour session is £12 unless you are a member of Hyde900, in which case the cost is £8. Children 11 and under are free.

Membership of Hyde900 costs £10/year for individual members, £15/year for households.

Previous digs have established the locations of the east and south sets of cloister buildings, a major 2 story building which could have been the abbot’s lodging, and the north wall of the nave of the huge church of the abbey, over 80% of the size of the cathedral. What is still unknown is the function of the room adjacent to the refectory found in previous digs. Another aim is to find the all important water supply to the cloisters  from the mill stream  and drainage system for the abbey.

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 also be investigating this based  the strongest response found yet in the  ground penetrating radar survey of the cloister.

For answers to frequently asked questions about participating in the dig please click HERE

For the dig location and public parking details please click HERE