The Hyde900 King Alfred Lecture 2020

23 Oct 2020 until 23 Oct 2020, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


King Alfred of Wessex: England’s greatest town planner?’

For this year’s lecture we welcome guest speaker Dr Patrick Ottaway, archaeo­logical consultant, formerly Head of Fieldwork at York Archaeological Trust and Assistant City Archaeologist Winchester Museum Service, author of Winchester: St Swithun’s ‘City of Happiness and Good Fortune; an Urban Archaeological Assessment (2017).
In the late 9th century, King Alfred initiated a programme of urban foundation in Wessex. Each of his towns, some formerly Roman and others entirely new, used a distinctive and innovative street plan. Patrick will review the evidence from Winchester and elsewhere and suggest that town foundation was crucial in Alfred’s defence of Wessex against the Danes.
This year’s lecture will be organised as a virtual event, but with an option for members of the audience to attend a showing in St Bartholomew’s in person if church and government rules at the time permit.

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This is a free event but we would welcome donations.


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