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Hyde900 visits The National Archives

datePosted on 11:04, September 17th, 2014 by Site admin

archives-kew (Read-Only)Thanks to Steve Brine MP a group from Hyde900 was able to visit The National Archives (TNA) in Kew to examine key documents in the history of Hyde Abbey.

Hosted by Adrian Ailes, Principal Records Specialist at the TNA, the Chairman of Hyde900, Steve Marper, and Founder, Edward Fennell, along with five colleagues and Alison Lawrence from the University of Winchester, were able to look closely at some of the most important sources of information about Hyde in the sixteenth century.

The highlight of the display was the Valor Ecclesiasticus which was commissioned by Henry the Eighth so he would know how much wealth the Church had in England and Wales. This information was used to decide which monasteries should be closed and effectively sealed the fate of the abbey at Hyde because it revealed the considerable assets held within the monastic establishment (including those of the hospitality department!). The next step in the Hyde Abbey story was then represented by the ‘surrender document’ signed by the Abbot of Hyde, John Salcot, and the remaining monks when they departed leaving the abbey to be pillaged and pulled down by Thomas Wriothesley, a favoured henchman of the king. Read the rest of this entry »

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Michaelmas Music 2014 – Sounds Wonderful

datePosted on 08:40, July 2nd, 2014 by Site admin

Welcome to the fifth anniversary Michaelmas Music programme in which we celebrate the musical tradition of Hyde Abbey in the acoustic gem of the church of St. Bartholomew, Hyde.

Our eclectic programme takes you through the ages from the early music of Vox Humana and Index Cantorum – appropriate to the history of Hyde Abbey – right up to date with the fabulous contemporary virtuoso guitarist Jad Azkoul. En route we welcome back Hyde900’s own choir and our regular student participation from the mixed choirs of the University of Winchester. We also renew our convention of featuring, in our inaugural concert, two young Winchester musicians Jenny Whitby (flute) and Max McCulloch (violin) at the start of their careers.

Michaelmas Music provides an opportunity for the Winchester community to enjoy high quality music performed in a unique local setting. Come along and enjoy the sound.

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Hyde900 explores Alfred’s London

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