Hyde Abbey was a medieval Benedictine monastery just outside the walls of Winchester, Hampshire. It was built in 1109 under the orders of Henry I to accommodate the city’s growing population. A site just outside the city walls, in Hyde Mead, was chosen. Its first monks came from an earlier Saxon abbey inside the city walls bringing with them all of their books and relics, including the bodies of Alfred the Great, his wife Ealhswith who died in AD905 and of their son King Edward the Elder in AD924. The abbey was closed in 1539. Like many of the roads on the St Helier’s estate this is named after British monasteries and abbeys in remembrance of the area’s historic ownership by Westminster Abbey. The road names are in alphabetical order, of which Aberconway Road in the north west of the estate is first.
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