From a Cloister Arch to Medieval Glass and Some China Eggs!
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Having been moved from place to place for over 200 years, King Alfred the Great's roaming remains finally came to rest at Hyde Abbey in 1110: a newly formed Benedictine house. With such a regal presence, the Abbey became a hugely popular pilgrimage destination until its destruction during the Reformation. But now the history behind the burial place of one of Hampshire's most famous residents is being unearthed for all to see...

Just imagine unearthing a bit of 12th century cloister in your back garden, or a haul of medieval stained glass. For residents of the Hyde district of Winchester, these finds are among the many treasures to emerge from community digs in the area organised by the project Hyde 900. 

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