Hyde Abbey Garden may halt search for bones of Alfred the Great

The Friends of Hyde Abbey Garden are not keen on the idea of archaeologists digging up the garden in search of the remains of King Alfred the Great. The garden was established in 2003 above the site in Winchester, England, believed to be the grave of the king.

Members of Hyde 900, the local history group pressing for an archaeological dig, are citing research on bones found in the grave at St Bartholomew’s church which proved to date from Anglo-Saxon times for the project. "Everybody thinks we have to look for King Alfred, but we could learn a great deal more about the abbey itself,” said Martin Biddle, professor of medieval archaeology at Oxford University.

Hyde 900's members believe strongly that the bones of the king are beneath the garden, and they pledge to restore any destruction to its original state.