Corner of Paternoster Row and Colebrook Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9BG
Join Hyde 900 for discussion and poetry readings as we walk in Keat's footsteps north from the site of his lodgings in Paternoster Row in the city centre out to Abbots Barton via Hyde, and mark the bicentenary of his famous ode 'To Autumn'. Considered one of the most perfect poems in the English language and written here in Winchester 200 years ago, almost to the day, and composed on his many walks through the ancient city and its environs.
Based on lesser known research Hyde 900 challenge the view that his poem was based solely on Keat's walks to St Cross, and instead follow Charles Ball's 1818 guide book to Hyde. From there we follow Nuns Walk to Abbotts Barton. It is on these paths that Keats would have seen barns, apple orchards and stubble fields all absent on the walk to St Cross.
Sunday 22 September: Walk starts promptly at 1715
This is a 4km return trip on mostly level ground. Please wear appropriate footwear as the ground may be uneven or muddy in places, and there are also gravel paths. It is not suitable for those with mobility issues or under the age of 10 years.
Tour expected to take around 1 hour and 15 minutes. This is one of a number of events taking place in Winchester to celebrate the John Keats bicentenary, for more information contact Visit Winchester.
Hyde900 is the name initially given to a programme of community-led events designed to mark the 900th anniversary of the foundation of Hyde Abbey, the burial place of King Alfred the Great. The festival, designed to commemorate Alfred and the Abbey’s place in English history, celebrated the history of Hyde, explored the locality and environment, and showcased the wide variety of talents of the people who live in the area.
Since the anniversary in 2010, Hyde900 has continued as a community organisation, organising social and cultural events and supporting research into the history of the Hyde area. It also supports other events in and around Hyde.