Welcome to Hyde900

Hyde900 is a community project in Winchester, Hampshire, to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the founding of Hyde Abbey. For more details see the "What is Hyde900?" page.

July 19th  – 21st   The City Museum, Winchester, SO23 9ES

Representatives from Hyde900 will be on hand to explain the activities of this community group.  They will be delighted to answer questions about the results of our research into the history and architecture of Hyde Abbey.

The key finds from the 2016 to 2023 community digs will be exhibited to illustrate the history of the area of Hyde once occupied by Hyde Abbey, the final burial place of Alfred the Great. Finds range from flint scraper blades from the neolithic period through to Roman remains and the build – and destruction – of the Abbey in medieval times. Following the Dissolution the site was unoccupied until the build of the county Bridewell (prison) in the 18th century. The prison was demolished mid19th century after which the site was used for the build of the residential housing that exists today.

Experts will be present to discuss specialist areas of pottery, ceramics, geophysical surveying, medieval glass, stonemasonry, and monastic architecture. Children, as well as adults,  are also catered for, with the ever-popular medieval tile making, when they will be able to make their own replicas of tiles found on the site of the Abbey. On Saturday there will be the opportunity to learn calligraphy skills under the guidance of a Cathedral scribe.

Dr John Crook will be giving a presentation at St Bartholomew’s church Hyde at 7.30pm  on Saturday 20th July entitled “There’s a monk at the bottom of my garden!”

He will talk about how the Hyde900 community project has revealed the plan of Hyde Abbey and how we now understand so much more about the architecture of the buildings.

Dr John Crook in the 12th century culvert discovered in the 2022 Hyde900 community dig


Hyde900 2023 Community dig involved three back gardens and a total of five trenches, with over 200 people of all ages taking part. The dig took place over the August Bank Holiday weekend 26th to 29th August with over 150 volunteers taking part. All three sites yielded some amazing finds and added considerably to our understanding of the layout of the inner court of the abbey.

The excavations took place in gardens of both King Alfred Place (no 19) and King Alfred Terrace (Nos 8 and 14). We are indebted to the householders for allowing us to dig their gardens.

Once again our advisory team consisted of Dr David Ashby of the University of Winchester (Archaeology), Dr Dave Stewart (Geology and Cartography) and Dr John Crook (Architecture).


2022 was the sixth year of the Hyde900 programme of community digs exploring the site of the church and cloisters of Hyde Abbey, final resting place of Alfred the Great. The excavations, which commenced in 2016, took place in the gardens of residents of Hyde, and could not have taken place without their generous assistance and the support of the advisors to the programme, Dr David Ashby (University of Winchester), Dr Dave Stewart and Dr John Crook. To date over 600 volunteers of all ages have taken part in the programme.

The 2022 programme comprised two digs and was supported by a grant from local estate agents Belgarum, with graphic design from Adam Architecture and the loan of equipment from Winchester Archaeological and Local History Society (WARG)

Hyde900 Community Archaeology Dig Finds “Lost  Cellar”

Hyde900 have just completed their sixth community dig with some extraordinary results, even for this heritage rich site. Blessed by excellent weather and huge local interest the event attracted over 140 diggers of all ages. The search  for the remains of the buildings in three gardens on the site of Hyde Abbey, the last resting place of Alfred the Great, took place in King Alfred Terrace, an area which, until the Dissolution, was the location of the cloisters and abbots lodging of Hyde Abbey. This year the dig had the added excitement of the possibility of locating a lost cellar rumoured to exist in one of the gardens.

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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 Old 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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