- Board Cover, 296 pages (51 colour pages)
- Publication Date: November 2012
This book tells the story of how the great Hyde Abbey – the final resting place of King Alfred – was destroyed and transformed into a Victorian suburb of Winchester. It follows Hyde’s landowners and residents, their families, the businesses that flourished and died there, and the institutions that once served Winchester and further afield through many centuries of change.
Central to the story are four protagonists. Thomas Wriothesley who, to great personal profit, dissolved the Abbey on behalf of his master Thomas Cromwell. Elizabeth Knight whose distant relatives changed their names to Knight as a condition of inheritance. William Simonds who purchased Abbots Barton Farm from Edward Austen (Jane’s brother) but whose ownership was challenged by a claim of breach of entail. William Barrow Simonds who, when farming became unprofitable, transformed the fields into housing estates.
You can read extracts from the book here.