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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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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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King Alfred Weekend 2013

datePosted on 18:34, October 12th, 2013 by Site admin

King Alfred's swordHyde900 is proud to present the second annual weekend of events on the theme of Alfred the Great, jointly organised by Hyde900 and St Bartholomew’s Church.

Marking the 1114th anniversary of King Alfred’s death on 26th October 899, the weekend includes a talk on Alfred’s contribution to the English language, two parallel exhibitions and several other events.

All events take place in and around St Bartholomew’s Church, King Alfred  Place, Hyde, Winchester SO23 7DF.
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