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Historic Winchester Map available to purchase from Francis Frith

Historic Winchester map framed and available now!

Our historic map of Winchester has been beautifully framed by Francis Frith, the UK’s leading publisher of local photographs and maps. Handmade in their Wiltshire workshop, Francis Friths’ innovative framing allows for the first time seamless access to both sides of the Winchester map, whilst retaining a stylish finish.

The original version of the Winchester Map was published in collaboration with the Historic Towns Trust, with a revised edition made available in 2016:

The map (as supplied to Francis Frith now as a flat sheet) details Winchester’s remarkable history, from its time as the royal and ecclesiastical centre in Anglo-Saxon England, to the city known by Jane Austen. Featuring the historic map on the facing side, and a gazetteer of Winchester’s most important buildings and sites on the reverse, it’s a fantastic guide to this ancient city.

We are thrilled that our collaboration with Francis Frith has produced such a unique product, the purchase of which will provide the focus for many interesting observations on Winchester’s past.

For further information, and to purchase please visit 

*You'll find our map toward the bottom of the first page.

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Your historic Winchester calendar for 2022

George Shepherd’s Winchester with views of Andover, Basingstoke & Christchurch: A Calendar for 2022 

Bill Hoade has compiled a selection of George Shepherd watercolours featuring scenes from Winchester, Andover, Basingstoke, and Christchurch to form a beautiful calendar for 2022.

Some of George Shepherd's watercolours were first published in our Atlas volume, WS 11. These images are the copyright of Winchester College, who kindly provided them for this use.

Designed by Tim Underwood, compiled by Bill Hoade of Hoade-ink, and printed by Dr Tony Hill at the Sarsen Press, Winchester, you can purchase a calendar for 2022, for £15.00, here: 

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‘Finding Crusoe’ – Online Talk, 13 September!

Steve Old, Chair of WARG, will be discussing the story of the Hampshire born but Bristol based adventurer who was the inspiration for Daniel Defoe’s famous novel Robinson Crusoe.
This talk is both informative and fun so please join Steve on Monday 13th September.  The talk will take place via Zoom and the waiting room will open at 19.15 with the talk starting at 19.30.  The plan is to record the talk for replaying on YouTube later for those that cannot make the Zoom call.
For the Zoom joining details please email: &
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Successful digging at Hursley Park!

Digger's at Hursley Park have uncovered some great finds during WARG's week-long Annual Big Dig (Monday 23 August – Sunday 5 September 2021).

Stuart Rippon (WARG's Membership Secretary) updates:

Firstly I want to pass on all our thanks to IBM for letting us dig on this wonderful lawn. IBM and the Club      have been wonderful, with the Cheesy Chips getting the diggers top prize for lunch… plus a cold drink at the end of a hot day.  Seriously, IBM have provided great facilities for us which has gone a long way to making this dig so much fun. The sunken secret garden to chill in was magic and we all gathered there at breaks to chat and eat.

Then I want to thank all those people who came along today [WARG's Open Day, Sunday 5 September].  I’d expected 71 but I think we were nearer 100 and people were still arriving at 5pm. I know the children enjoyed the spoil heaps and we had a great time explaining why there were so many oyster shells and as usual their sharp eyes found some finds we had missed.

So the question always is “did you find anything”… Well yes most definitely. Our finds team worked tirelessly to clean, document and label all of the items we dug from the trenches. There were some great [finds] and you could hear whoops and hollers across the site when a digger uncovered one.

WARG were hoping to excavate the large Tudor house, which they knew was under the ground from the geophysics carried out. Stuart updates:

The features we have uncovered are not really in alignment with that representation but they also tell us so much more…We believe that the house was built in the mid 1500’s and was demolished in the 1720’s but what we did not know was that it was also knocked down sometime between those two dates.

The archaeology shows that an earlier house was largely demolished, in some places to the foundations.  These were then widened and strengthened (probably to support a taller building) particularly in the middle of the house. The floor surface in some areas looks to be around 1m above the current ground level – very like the current Hursley House that has a garden level with the family rooms reached by steps above.

There are indications that the historical records might confirm this redevelopment theory but there is much work to do before that can be confirmed. Reused stone (possibly from Merdon Castle) appeared from time to time, some of it very fine. Then excavating in the domestic area we uncovered wall like structures that resemble medieval walls and represent an earlier building on the site. Whether this was a timber building on top of these foundations, or a wall of some form we cannot tell.

Keep an eye out of WARG's website for any further details: 


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Open Day at WARG’s Big Dig

WARG (Winchester Archaeology and Local History society) are hosting an Open Day on Sunday 5 September at 13:00 to present the findings of their Annual Big Dig at Hursley Park.

The tour of the site is expected to last around an hour and following this refreshments will be available from the IBM Club House, closing at 16:00.

To confirm your place please email .

Parking is available in the South Car Park. From there it is a short walk up hill towards the house and WARG’s dig site. There is limited visitor parking in front of the main house too, reserved  for visitors with disabilities. WARG suggest arriving at 12:45 to allow for the short walk to the site. 

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‘The Search’: reduced in Archaeopress’ Summer Sale!

SUMMER SALE! The Search for Winchester's Anglo-Saxon Minsters is available at 30% off its regular price (£15.00) until end-of-day, Sunday 12th September. Make the most of this unique opportunity and purchase your copy HERE

About the publication:

The ancient cathedral of Old Minster and the abbey church of New Minster once stood at the heart of Anglo-Saxon Winchester. Buildings of the first importance, honoured by Anglo-Saxon and Norman kings, these great churches were later demolished and their locations lost. Through an extensive programme of archaeological excavation begun in 1961, and as a result of years of research, the story of these lost minsters can now be revealed. Written by Martin Biddle, Director of the Winchester Excavations Committee and Research Unit, and marvellously illustrated by Simon Hayfield, The Search for Winchester’s Anglo-Saxon Minsters traces the history of these excavations from 1961 to 1970, and shows how they led to the discovery of the Old and New Minsters, bringing back to life the history, archaeology and architecture of Winchester’s greatest Anglo-Saxon buildings.

Winchester Anlgo-Saxon Minsters
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Hyde900 Community Dig 2021 – bookings now open!

Hyde900's fifth community dig is set to take place 19 – 22 August  following the success of previous years' events. This year’s dig returns to what was the Inner Precinct of Hyde Abbey, exploring the remains of the abbey’s medieval cloisters.

It is hoped that this year's finds will once again help to illuminate the life of the inhabitants of the abbey, which flourished from 1110 to the Dissolution in 1538/9.

Full training will be given and the event is open to all! Please note that under 18s need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

The cost per 2 hour session is £12 unless you are a member of Hyde900, in which case the cost is £8. Children 11 and under are free.

To book your place on the Hyde900 2021 Community dig visit:

* You can take advantage of the reduced fees for Hyde900 members by joining online when you make your booking(s).

Hyde900 are running an Open Day for their Community Dig on Saturday 21 August, so be sure to drop by then. For further details please see: 


‘Meet the Experts’ Hyde900 event for CBA Festival of Archaeology 2021

Press Release from Hyde900

Local community organisation Hyde900 are staging a “Meet the Experts” event in conjunction with the Hampshire Cultural Trust at the City Museum Winchester between 29 July and 1 August. The event will feature the experts who have supported and advised Hyde900’s community digs on the site of Hyde Abbey on the outskirts of Winchester, and who contributed to the successful identification of many details of the cloisters of this important abbey, the final resting place of Alfred the Great.

Professor Martin Biddle to join in Winchester event!

Hyde900 are delighted that Professor Martin Biddle has agreed to take part in the Hyde900 Festival of Archaeology. David Spurling, event organiser and Hyde900 trustee, commented “we are absolutely delighted that Professor Martin Biddle has agreed to join our event on Friday afternoon, 30 July. Martin has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Hyde900 project to research the abbey and organise the community digs. It will be a great opportunity for visitors to the event to meet such an important contributor to the development of medieval and post-medieval archaeology in Great Britain.”

Professor Martin Biddle explained “Hyde900 have put together a great team for the successful staging of five digs in the previously unexplored area of the great church of Hyde Abbey and its adjacent cloisters. The discovery of such a large amount of stonework from the original 12th century cloisters has enabled us to appreciate the amazing quality of workmanship that went into this great abbey”

Visitors can have a guided tour of the 12th century cloister arch in the City Museum and hear about its amazing discovery just centimetres below the grass in a Hyde garden! Also on display is a selection of finds from the gardens, many found by those of all ages who have taken part in this community project. Children will be able to rebuild parts of the abbey and can enjoy hearing the voices of Winchester’s many important historical characters.

Hyde900 publications will be on sale as well as the excellent Excavations at Hyde Abbey 1972 to 1999, just published by Hampshire Cultural Trust. Members of the Winchester Excavations Committee will be joining us outside the City Museum with a selection of publications for sale.

The event is open from 10am to 5pm each day, and those interested in taking part in this year’s dig (August 19 to 22) can hear more about what is planned and can book on the Hyde900 website at


Professor Martin Biddle (second from left) at the reopening of the medieval gallery at Winchester’s City Museum.

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