St Bartholomew Church, King Alfred Place, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 7DF
Built by the monks of Hyde Abbey in the 12th century, parts of the original church still exist, including the Norman doorway. On the Friday evening, General Sir Antony Walker will be leading a talk titled 'What did you do in the War, Mummy?'
St Bartholomew Church dates back to 1110 when the Abbey moved to Hyde from its original site north of the Cathedral. Built by monks, it was the lay people's church of Hyde Abbey. When the Abbey was destroyed by Henry VIII in 1538, some of its stones were used to build the church tower and five capitals were also incorporated into the building.
However, after the dissolution, the church gradually fell into disrepair, until the Victorian era, when it was extensively repaired and a new north aisle added. The lovely stained glass windows were added between 1856 and 1972, and the fine woodwork is 20th century. Children, look out for the two dogs on the pew-ends in the Lady Chapel! King Alfred the Great is also long rumoured to be buried in the churchyard.
On the Friday evening there will be a talk as part of our 'Extraordinary Women' series. WW1 made profound and permanent changes to the role and employment of women throughout society. General Sir Antony Walker's talk outlines those changes and the lasting effects they had and which are with us to this day. The talk needs to be pre-booked, please see separate entry for details.
● Thursday 13 September: 1000-1600
● Friday 14 September: 1000-1600, Talk 1900-2000
● Saturday 15 September: 1000-1600
● Sunday 16 September: 1000-1600
No booking required.
There are a few steps down into the church.
The Church is free to explore throughout the festival period, but we advise pre-booking for the talk. Please see our separate entry for details of the Extraordinary Women talk.
Approaching from the city centre go half way along Hyde Street and turn right into King Alfred Place.