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Hyde900 explores Alfred’s London

datePosted on 14:20, June 3rd, 2014 by Site admin

Walking King Alfred’s London


On Saturday 17th May an intrepid group of Hyde900 members and friends along with Morris the cockerpoo, set off in search of King Alfred’s London, in the capable hands of City of London Guide, Val Pretlove.


Assembling in the crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral we learnt that after the Romans packed up and left Londinium in 410 AD, it was abandoned and used as farmland. In 886 AD Alfred reclaimed and regenerated the city by taking the land from the Vikings and turning it into the habitable Lundenburgh; building houses, markets and churches, creating streets and wards and a structure of governance headed by aldermen.  The current Queenhithe and Billingsgate became important quays.


The first St Paul’s Cathedral had been founded in 604 AD and burnt down in 962 AD. The rebuilt church was moved to the current site, probably on to the site of a Roman temple on the western hill away from the derelict Roman forum and basilica. Whilst Alfred would have been familiar with the area where we were standing, he certainly would not have been familiar with the traffic and building noise that assailed us once we moved out of the cathedral precincts. Read the rest of this entry »

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W2W: The Wantage to Winchester Cycle Ride

datePosted on 14:07, April 23rd, 2014 by Site admin

IMG_8391 webIt’s back!

Yes, this year the W2W Ride is back to the original route: Wantage to Winchester. We start in Wantage at 10am on 20th July and head south to Winchester.

In between you get 52 miles of quiet country lanes along the Vale of the White Horse, over the Marlborough Downs, across the Thames valley, over the North Hampshire Downs then miles of easy cycling through the sleepy villages of the Bourne valley.

The ride is non-competitive. We provide directions, signs and marshals to keep you on track and refreshments en route and at the end. Entry is £7 for Hyde900 members or £10 for non-members.

Sorry, entry is now closed for the 2014 ride.

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Hyde Literary Summer Evenings

datePosted on 19:45, April 19th, 2014 by Madelaine

In place of the regular Third Thursday BYO LIt Nights over the summer the Literature


Group will be heading out and about in Hyde and beyond.

Details of the three events planned so far are below.

3 July – Clowns & Jesters (outdoor event on eve of Hat Fair)

Cathedral Grounds. Time tbc. A lighthearted evening’s entertainment. Bring a story, poem or piece to share and enjoy on the eve of the Hat Fair.

17 July –Journeying around Hyde

Meet at 19.00 at the Hyde Tavern for a19.30 start.

Bring sensible shoes and short pieces inspired by journeys

 to share on an evening walk.

21 August – Summer Poetry

Hyde Gate is the venue for an evening of Summer Poetry. Bring your own or a favourite poet’s work to share in this atmospheric setting.

Also bring a cushion! Get there for 19.30 when the gates will be opened…

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Hyde in Conversation continues…

datePosted on 19:32, April 19th, 2014 by Madelaine

The second in the new series of Hyde conversations will take place on Wednesday 14th May when local barrister Rose Burns will be interviewed. For more details see Events.

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Hyde900 programme for 2014 launched.

datePosted on 17:34, March 8th, 2014 by steve

Hyde900 members and their guests enjoyed a preview of the plans for 2014 at a private launch event for the new year’s programme held in the clubhouse of Winchester City Football Club last Friday, March 28th. Hyde900 founder Edward Fennell and Visual Arts Coordinator Sophie Cunningham-Dawe spoke of their personal experiences working on the BBC2 documentary “The Search for Alfred the Great” broadcast in January which focused on the mystery of the Unmarked Grave in the churchyard of St Bartholomew, Hyde. They described their feelings about the extraordinary results that were revealed, and as members of a small community organisation working so closely with the nation’s foremost broadcaster.

Much of the following question and answer session inevitably focussed on what might now follow in relation to the site of the royal burials , about which there are understandably differing views.

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Hyde900 strikes gold searching for bones

datePosted on 13:00, January 17th, 2014 by Site admin

King Alfred statue, WinchesterHyde900 today broke the story, in conjunction with its partner the University of Winchester, that it had unearthed a pelvic bone – from the site of Hyde Abbey – which is likely to have belonged to either King Alfred the Great or his son King Edward the Elder.

The discovery followed an investigation into the Unmarked Grave in the churchyard of St. Bartholomew, Hyde which for many years has been suspected of containing the bones of the Royal House of Wessex (originally moved to Hyde Abbey from the New Minster in 1110).

Research at the University of Oxford revealed that, in fact, the bones from the Unmarked Grave dated from the period 1100 to 1500. “In any other circumstances this would have been regarded as being very interesting but, inevitably, it is overshadowed by the news about the pelvis from Alfred or Edward,” commented Edward Fennell of Hyde900.

The identification of the pelvic bone was undertaken by Dr. Katie Tucker of the University of Winchester whose work on the Unmarked Grave prompted her to probe further some of the bones which had previously come off the Hyde Abbey site.

“We are delighted that we were funding Katie on this aspect of her research,” said Edward Fennell. “It certainly paid off.”

For the full story of the bones of Hyde Abbey and the Royal House of Wessex, see ‘Burials and Bones from Hyde Abbey‘.

For the official Hyde900 statement see our Press Release [Microsoft Word document].

Your chance to help reunite the stones of Hyde Abbey

datePosted on 22:52, December 17th, 2013 by Site admin
Romanesce billet mould stone believed to have been part of doorway to the Abbey church

Romanesce billet mould stone believed to have been part of doorway to the Abbey church

October’s King Alfred Weekend saw the exhibition showing the first results of the Hidden in Hyde project launched last year – an initiative to track down and record the ‘lost’ stones of Hyde Abbey. The project has now developed to include looking at how the Abbey may have appeared and functioned. (Finding the stones remains a key element, so if you think you’ve found something that may be a stone taken from Hyde Abbey, please use the contact form to let us know.)

The project has now been renamed to reflect the expanded project. Re-uniting the Stones takes the results of the finds of stones from Hidden in Hyde and with the expert help of such as Ross Lovett, head mason of Winchester Cathedral, interprets the stones as architectural elements of the Abbey. The exhibition draws together research on the background of the Dissolution of the Abbey with stones found in Hyde and the area to the north of Winchester to produce a fascinating story and some stunning sketches of doorways, arches and vaulting.  See the Re-uniting the Stones Exhibition page for more.

Re-uniting the Stones needs more volunteers to help with this exciting project. If you feel you would like to contribute please use the Contact page.


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