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.


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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 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.


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.


COMMUNITY ARCHAEOLOGY DIG ATTRACTS OVER 250 DIGGERS

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.


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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