‘One of the most important excavations Worldwide of the 20th century’ – The Times, Millennium Edition, 1 January 2000.

‘No one excavation had a greater impact on archaeology in Britain in the later twentieth century than Martin Biddle’s project in Winchester in the 1960s’
– Professor John Collis in Great Excavations, edited by John Schofield 2011.

Between 1962 and 1971 the Winchester Excavations Committee carried out the largest programme of archaeological excavations and historical research ever undertaken in a British city. For the first time the centre of interest was the city itself, the urban phenomenon and how it waxed and waned over 2000 years from the Iron Age, through Roman, Anglo-Saxon and medieval times down to the emergence of the modern city in the Victorian period. In 1968 the Excavations Committee founded the Winchester Research Unit to complete the excavations and historical research and to prepare the results for publication in a series of ‘Winchester Studies’.

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The Hampshire Chronicle recently reported the unearthing of a previously unknown building at Hyde Abbey in Winchester. Hyde Abbey, founded in 1110, is the last known resting place of King Alfred the Great.

A wall was discovered during some building works taking place at a house on King Alfred Terrace. Dr John Crook, architectural consultant and advisor to the Hyde900 digs, considered this newly discovered wall particularly exciting, as it is possible it formed part of the kitchen used by the monks. A deposit of food waste located just outside the building lends weight to this kitchen proposal.

The owner of the property has made available their garden for excavation at the forthcoming Hyde900 Community Dig, scheduled for October 22–25 2020. The dig is open to anyone over the age of five. All children will need to be accompanied by an adult. To register please click here.

The full article from The Hampshire Chronicle is included below, please click on this image to enlarge for easier reading.

Unknown building

Courtesy of The Hampshire Chronicle


Veryan Lyons, Head of Programme for the Central Winchester Regeneration project has
reported two key developments for the project in July.

Firstly, ARCA (a specialist geoarchaeological contractor, based in the Department of Archaeology, Anthropology and Geography, University of Winchester) have been appointed to conduct borehole investigations across the site. The ARCA team intend to extract and examine sediment samples and also install dipwells to monitor water levels. This operation will begin in August and is expected to last for up to a year and a half.

Secondly, architect firm Turner Works and local firm Worthwhile Works have both been appointed to manage a feasibility study into the proposed construction of a new creative quarter at Kings Walk. Up to 50,000 sq. ft of flexible workspace could be available in the currently empty properties and it’s hoped this will become an area which will support creative enterprise and culture. For further information on this, please read the summary outline provided by Cllr Kelsie Learney here.

Lastly, proposals for the wider Central Winchester Regeneration project are being finalised, and an update on these will be provided later in the year.