Hyde: From Dissolution to Victorian Suburb

You can read extracts from the book here. The book is available now to purchase from our online Shop. We offer UK and International delivery, and Local Delivery to Winchester SO22 and SO23 post codes.

If you are in Winchester, you can purchase a copy from:

Sarsen Press
22 Hyde Street
SO23 7DR

Upon exiting Sarsen Press, you will find yourself in the centre of Hyde, and can then experience the unique history of this area, with your newly purchased book as the ultimate guide!

The book is also available at a number of other outlets in Winchester, including:

Vintage Hound
23A Southgate Street
(opposite Hotel du Vin)
SO23 9EB

Winchester Discovery Centre
Jewry Street
SO23 8SB

This book tells the story of the northern portal of Winchester – Alfred’s great capital and an important religious centre – and how it morphs from being a small village serving the great monastery of Hyde Abbey to a major agricultural centre and, as the agricultural importance waned, an industrial and service centre.

The economy of the village prospered as renowned schools and breweries provided work and business opportunities for its occupants. The site of the Abbey itself became the site of new cells for the undesirable and criminal elements of the County, whilst the land of the former Abbey’s grange farm was transformed into a garden suburb for the rich citizens of the growing Victorian city.

The expanding middle classes and upwardly mobile working classes moved out of the insanitary city attracted by the pleasant environment. They found a home on what had been the pastures and water meadows that had been exploited by those that benefitted from the Dissolution – the purchasers of Thomas Wriothesley’s ill-gotten gains – the Knights and the Duke, and the descendants of a member of a brewing dynasty who decided he wanted to be a farmer.

The book will be launched on 28th November 2012 at Winchester Business School, Romsey Road in Winchester.