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|Description ||Dark Age Gallery. Hyde Abbey and King Alfred's Grave.|
|Quick history....Hyde Abbey, with the bones of Alfred, Queen Ealswith and their son Edward, moved here from the city centre in 1110.
April 1538, the Abbey and cloisters demolished and Leyland says that lead tablets with Alfred's and Edward's name on them found in front of High Altar.
William Bethel builds town house on site.
This is demolished in 1769 and Bridewell jail built in 1788 when three lead-lined coffins were found. Bones scattered and lead sold.
In 1866 John Mellor excavates, finds bones, claims they are Alfred's and takes them on tour!
[It is probable that he dug just south of the SE chapel and found an Abbot or two. A rather sniffy report of the time comments that they were rather surprised that he didn't find the famous cakes as well! These bones are now outside the E end of St Bartholomew's church nearby]
1999 excavations locate precise positon of Abbey and find smashed coffins in pits in front of the High Altar but no remains.|
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