Join Hyde 900 for discussion and poetry readings as we walk in Keat’s footsteps north from the site of his lodgings in Paternoster Row in the city centre out to Abbots Barton via Hyde, and mark the bicentenary of his famous ode ‘To Autumn’. Considered one of the most perfect poems in the English language and written here in Winchester 200 years ago, almost to the day, and composed on his many walks through the ancient city and its environs.
Based on lesser known research Hyde 900 challenge the view that his poem was based solely on Keat’s walks to St Cross, and instead follow Charles Ball’s 1818 guide book to Hyde. From there you follow Nuns Walk to Abbotts Barton. It is on these paths that Keats would have seen barns, apple orchards and stubble fields all absent on the walk to St Cross.