This is what remains of one of the benches in Hyde Abbey Gardens, Winchester, recently destroyed by vandals. This garden is looked after & maintained by a wonderful & dedicated Friends Group who look after this very important & historically significant garden so that local people and visitors can enjoy it. Hyde Abbey Gardens marks the spot of Hyde Abbey, which fell victim to Henry VIII at the dissolution of monasteries (1539-41), and by the last century nothing was left to see of the huge church in which Alfred the Great had been reburied in 1110. A community dig led by Winchester City’s archaeologists in 1997-1999 succeeded in finding the foundations of the east end of the church, together with the presumed sites of the graves of Alfred, his wife & son.
Internationally known landscape architect Kim Wilkie, a Hampshire resident, was chosen to design the garden and work began in 2003 to create Hyde Abbey Gardens. The cost to replace this bench is approximately £3,500.