In the which tomb there was of late found two little tables of lead, inscribed with their names.”. Please complete the captcha to let us know you are a real person. Please enter at least 2 characters. Moreover, given its context and age, there is a strong likelihood that it belonged to either King Alfred or King Edward. These burial places of British royalty record the known graves of monarchs who have reigned in some part of the British Isles (currently includes only the monarchs of Scotland, England, native princes of Wales to 1283, or monarchs of the Great Britain, and the United Kingdom), as … None of this impressed the local gentry and he was derided as being a charlatan. The lower eastern area, adjacent to the stream, seems to have been largely turned over to rough grazing although there are indications that it was also heaped with mounds of rubble.In 1788, the land was taken over by the county authorities as the site of a small local prison. NEW MINSTER, OR THE ABBEY OF HYDE. In order to mark the occasion a group of local residents set up Hyde900 as a community-based charity to organize a wide series of events to celebrate the history of the area, its environment and the character of its residents. So thoroughly did Henry's men deal with the abbey property that within a year it was said that no trace of the church remained above ground.For 250 years, from 1538 until 1788, the choir end of Hyde Abbey, where Alfred and his family members were buried, was gradually forgotten about. However, with the start of the English Reformation under Henry VIII, the abbey’s days were numbered. But as his fathers and older brothers died – worn out in part by relentless battles – Alfred took on the mantle of national leader just as it seemed Wessex could fall to the invading Vikings. Hyde900 is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Find out more about the stones of Hyde Abbey, view the individual exhibition panels here, download the complete exhibition here (PDF, 8MB), Map of the archaeology in the Hyde Abbey precinct, Bookings now open for the 2020 Hyde900 Community Dig, defeating in battle and then turning the tide on the pagan Viking invaders who threatened to take-over all the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, stabilizing Wessex and establishing it as a base from which his son and grandson could then progressively unite England, re-invigorating learning in England following the depredations of the Vikings, promoting the use of the English language for government and scholarship, weaving England back into the political and cultural network of western European, establishing an effective system of Royal administration, the development of a network of sustainable and defensible ‘burghs’ to thwart invaders, the organization of the local defence forces on a half-on/half off basis to ensure that both military and agricultural duties could be met, the establishment of a naval defence force, the recruitment of scholars and educators to come from the Continent to settle in England (including Saint Grimbald , the first abbot of New Minster later Hyde Abbey), making it mandatory for all free young mean to learn how to read, extensive translations of key Latin texts into English, the negotiation of peace treaties with the Viking which were relatively sustainable. At the same time as this analysis was taking place Dr. Tucker took the opportunity to re-examine some of the human remains which had been found (but never carbon dated) by the 1999 ‘Search for King Alfred’ community dig. This account has been disabled. A variety of grandiose proposals were made for the burial of the bones but in the end, due to their uncertain provenance, they were deposited in a brick-lined vault, with two stone slabs covering it, under a ledger stone with a cross but no other markings or names. So, under the auspices of Henry 1st (whose wife was a descendant of Alfred), land was acquired in Hyde to the north of the city and in 1110 the royal remains were carried with great pomp and reverence to their new resting place for reburial before the high altar of the abbey church. However, in the decades after 1066, as the new Norman regime entrenched itself, space was at a premium in the centre of Winchester. Wikipedia contributors. This revealed, stacked neatly, a large collection of bones including those which appeared to feature in the photographs of Mellor’s finds. Canon Cliff Bannister; His Hon. Your new password must contain one or more uppercase and lowercase letters, and one or more numbers or special characters. Photos larger than 8.0 MB will be reduced. Henceforward the abbey prospered and acquired considerable land in the area, until it was dissolved in 1539, by Henry VIII. Ten years later Page was to provide a detailed account of what happened in the area of the Royal graves (before the altar) to a visiting antiquary, Captain Henry Howard who drew up a rough plan of the east end of the church as a record of the lay-out. But, as far as one can tell, what lay underground – including the royal graves – was mostly left undisturbed (although there is a possibility that they may have been opened and ransacked for jewels by Wriothesley’s men). As a result Hugh Wyeth, owner of one of the breweries in Hyde Street and the churchwarden of St. Bartholomew’s, was instructed by the Revd. As well as resolving a long-running debate it was an exciting find in its own right. With the royal burials and other saintly relics this place was important. Please reset your password. Becoming a Find a Grave member is fast, easy and FREE. An historical digest to mark the announcement of the results of the investigation of the remains found in the ‘unmarked grave’ of St. Bartholomew, Hyde and elsewhere on the site of Hyde Abbey in Winchester. The abbey of the Holy Trinity, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and St. Peter of the New Minster in Winchester was founded in 901 by Edward the Elder in accordance with the wishes of his father King Alfred. As a noted sceptic of Mellor’s efforts (he once observed, scathingly, that he was surprised that Mellor had not also discovered the infamous burnt cakes) he was nonetheless keen to bring greater clarity to the site. Your account has been locked for 30 minutes due to too many failed sign in attempts. Collectively these findings indicated an important group from the medieval era who represented a fascinating link with the history of the Abbey. But the contradictory accounts make it difficult to be sure exactly what was going on. “In this suburbe stood the great abbay of Hyde…”he commented. To upload a spreadsheet, please use the old site. Subsequently Howard reported what he had been told: “A great stone coffin was found, cased with lead both within and without, and containing some bones and remains of garnets. St Bartholemew’s Hyde They moved to a location just outside the city walls, Hyde Mead, thus founding the Abbey of Hyde. Select a place on the map to place the pin. As in … In the absence of modern carbon-dating techniques he had no way of distinguishing one group from the other. Captain Howard was foremost amongst these. In 1866 was published The Chronicle and Chartulary of Hyde Abbey – otherwise known as The Book of Hyde (the Liber Monasterii de Hyda) – which collected together a large number of ancient documents – ranging from copies of King Alfred’s will through to an account of Anglo-Saxon history and grants of land to New Minster – in an unprecedented way. If you notice a problem with the translation, please send a message to email@example.com and include a link to the page and details about the problem. King of the Saxons, unshakeable pillar of the western people, a man replete with justice, vigorous in warfare, learned in speech, above all instructed in divine learning. Stones from the abbey were used to rebuild St Bartholomew’s church nearby, and were scavenged for farm buildings in the area. ... Cromwell took the reins of power until his death in 1658 and was buried in Westminster Abbey. There was also much excitement at the discovery of fine sculpted female head, probably a corbel, which highlighted once more the quality of the carving in the abbey. To suggest a change to a cemetery page, visit the Cemetery Corrections forum. The price paid was ten shillings. The service in the abbey was attended by King George V, senior members of the armed forces and also 100 women who had lost their husbands and all their sons in the conflict. The spreadsheet upload feature is disabled during this preview version of Find a Grave. The convicts themselves were put to work digging the foundations and in doing so, they started to come across a number of subterranean graves from across the abbey site. Hyde Abbey was not far away for those pilgrims to visit before they went. By this time public interest in King Alfred had soared on a wave of imperial idealism and, with the approach looming of the thousandth anniversary of his death (mistakenly to be believed to be 901 although actually it was 899), Winchester worthies decided to revisit the grave site. In addition, there was one individual who dated from around the year 1100 indicating that he could have been amongst the first cohort of monks who moved from New Minster to Hyde Abbey. Their royal presence made Hyde Abbey a popular pilgrimage destination. For he had translated unknown numbers of books from rhetorical Latin speech into his own language – so variously and richly, that his book of Boethius would arouse tearful emotions not only in those familiar with it but even in those hearing it for the first time. ALFRED THE GREAT was a pivotal and landmark figure in English history, proving to be a towering figure in both war and peace. Judge Christopher Clark, Q.C. 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