Hyde900 Shop

datePosted on 10:25, October 26th, 2021 by Website Admin

You can further support Hyde900 by purchasing our unique products

See below one of our fabulous offers !

Excavations at Hyde Abbey, Winchester, 1972-1999

A new book on Hyde Abbey has just been published and is on sale to members in the Hyde900 shop. Entitled ‘Excavations at Hyde Abbey 1972 to 1999‘.

This book not only covers the history and the investigations in the remains, but also features descriptions of the Hyde900 digs 2016 to 2018, and our discovery of the 13th  century roof in Olde Hyde House, reused from an abbey building.

The book, published by the Hampshire Cultural Trust costs £30, but is available to Hyde900 members at a discounted price of £22.50.

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King Alfred Weekend 2021

datePosted on 17:01, September 30th, 2021 by Website Admin

Friday October 22nd – Sunday October  24th

@ St. Bartholomew’s Church, King Alfred Place, Winchester SO23 7DN

Hyde900’s annual KING ALFRED Weekend, held close to the anniversary of King Alfred’s death on October 26 899 AD, brings together events and activities which celebrate the rich and varied story – both historical and contemporary – of the Hyde area of Winchester, where King Alfred was buried in Hyde Abbey in 1110.

This year we are focussing on our recent 2021 dig, the latest in a line of hugely successful and popular events, led by David Spurling. To date finds have included medieval glass of ‘extraordinary quality’ and carved sections of this great abbey of ‘international significance’.

It is extraordinary to realise that present residents walk, plant gardens and build homes upon such a rich and unique heritage.

The weekend will start with a lecture by Prof Martin Biddle.  Professor Biddle will deliver a talk entitled’ Eureka Moments’ which will encapsulate his most memorable moments during his many years as an eminent archaeologist. 

This talk will be introduced with a short summary by David Spurling of the 2021 dig, highs and lows!  We hope that you will come along to learn and enjoy these insights into Hyde’s heritage and share a glass of wine at the end and have a closer look at some of the finds.

We also have two vital sessions on the Saturday looking to the future of Hyde900 and Hyde’s rich heritage and an Open forum discussion involving local councillors for which YOUR input is really needed.

With thanks to the Reverend Karen Kousseff , the community of St. Bartholomew’s Hyde, Winchester City Council and to all those volunteers who have given their time freely to support and help run our events at Heritage Open Days , the Council for British Archaeology Festival and the highly successful 2021 dig.

Membership of Hyde900 costs £10/year for individual members, £15/year for households. If you wish to become a member please click here.

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Press Release – August

datePosted on 20:18, August 26th, 2021 by Website Admin


Hyde900’s fifth community dig attracted a record 260 people to dig last week in no less than five gardens close to the site of Hyde Abbey, Alfred the Great’s last resting place. The results exceeded all expectations, with finds of both abbey walls and floor surfaces from the medieval monastic buildings, with over 80 children taking part, the excitement was palpable as the finds mounted up. 

Visitors who decided to take part in the digging included the mayor and local MP Steve Brine accompanied by his two children.

The expert archaeologists in charge chose locations for the trenches based upon extensive research supplemented by ground penetrating radar surveys carried out by David Ashby of the University of Winchester. The expert archaeologists in charge chose locations for the trenches based upon extensive research supplemented by ground penetrating radar surveys carried out by David Ashby of the University of Winchester.

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Heritage Open Days 2021

datePosted on 20:17, August 26th, 2021 by Website Admin

Hot on the heels of yet another very successful Community Dig in Hyde last weekend, Hyde900 will be hosting more events during this year’s Heritage Open Days from September 10th-12th

Finds from recent Hyde900 Community Digs – including last weekend’s dig – will be on display and there will be a chance to “meet the experts” from the archaeology, heritage and conservation sectors, who will be on hand to answer questions about the fascinating artefacts and abbey remains that have been discovered in Hyde’s back gardens over recent years; on the site once occupied by the inner precincts of Hyde Abbey.  Many of these finds – of national importance – are now on display in Winchester’s City Museum.

As with previous years, Hyde900’s marquees will be found in The Close, right next to Winchester Cathedral (and adjacent to the cathedral offices).  

Hyde900 will also be hosting several FREE events…

Please click here to find out more

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2021 Community Dig – Update

datePosted on 15:32, August 18th, 2021 by Website Admin

The 2021 Hyde900 Community Dig is now open from 8.30am Thursday 19th August

Running over the 19th to 22nd August, the dig is now open.! Bookings close each day at 8pm on the day prior to the day of the dig.  However you can still take part by booking for any remaining days or by checking at the Support Marquee at the bottom  of King Alfred Terrace to check whether there are any tickets still available.

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

You can also visit the dig on the Open Day on Saturday August 21st by checking in at the Support Marquee for a ticket. After your visit to the dig you could also spend some time at the nearby  St Bartholomew’s Church Open day .   Founded in 1110 as the chapel for servants and lay visitors to the great medieval Hyde Abbey, St Bartholomew’s Church is now the only building associated with the Abbey that is still in working use. It is home to some remarkable medieval sculpture from the Abbey.

This year’s event takes place in what was the Inner Precinct of Hyde Abbey, and once again we are exploring both the remains of the abbey’s medieval cloisters, and the area previously occupied by the 19th century County Bridewell (prison)

For further information about the dig click HERE

For the Support Marquee location and public parking details please click HERE

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