Welcome to Yaxleyhistory.org


Yaxley
in Cambridgeshire is one of the largest villages in the United Kingdom. Situated due South from the city of Peterborough, the village has a rich and fascinating history that we will attempt to tell here at Yaxleyhistory.org.

Yaxleyhistory.org was developed as a key component of the Yaxley Festival project and exists to preserve and celebrate the collective memories of our community and the stories and images of our village. The site is a foundation stone of the longer term Yaxley Heritage Project, developed by The Fenland Trust, which aims to identify, develop, promote and preserve village heritage assets, housing our history in a permanent museum site.

Yaxley

Learn about one of the region’s most historically important villages.

A Brief History of our village

Latest Features

Mapping the Mere

Maps of the great lake presented in chronological order. Click here to explore.

“Glatton Round Hill, Yaxley Stone Mill and Whittlesea Mere, Are the three great wonders- of Huntingdonshire.”

Archaic Huntingdonshire Rhyme

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The Lake

Discover Yaxley’s lost lake, once the greatest expanse of water in Southern England.

Whittlesea Mere

The Prison

Learn about the world’s first purpose built prisoner-of-war camp.

Norman Cross

The Pubs

Go back to a bygone age when Yaxley had over a dozen public houses.

Inns & Breweries

The Places

Gaze upon the architecture of Yaxley, some of it still with us, but much of it long gone.

Buildings

Recent Entries

Recently Acquired Images

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If you can donate items, memories or volunteer hours to our cause, please contact us today. With Yaxley Heritage Week now an annual event on the village calendar there is always work to do in and around the village preserving and recording our rich local history.

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Latest Updates

The Domesday Book

The Domesday Book was completed in 1086 and amounts to a survey of much of England and parts of Wales. The manuscript record was ordered by King William the Conqueror. The attached image shows the entries for Yaxley, Stanground, Woodston, Haddon, Water Netwon, Sibson,...

Advertising Ephemera

Items that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity such as tickets, advertising and promotional materials

timeline

+ Expand All 1607 Whittlesea Mere 1607 1607 1673 Whittlesea Mere 1673 1673 1746 Whittlesea Mere 1746 1746 1755 Whittlesea Mere 1755 1755 1786 Whittlesea Mere 1786 (Bodger Map) 1786 Click here to download the 1786 Map of Whittlesea Mere by John Bodger. 1793 Whittlesea...

Farr Family

James Grey Farr was a chemist and grocer in Yaxley in 1910, running his store from 183 Main Street (in 2014 Sophie T’s Vintage Teashop). James Grey Farr was a descendent of Joseph Farr (1797-1888) of Long Sutton, Lincs. Joseph Farr was a cooper by trade and...

Restoration & Preservation

One of the most important aspects of the Yaxley Heritage Project is the preservation and in some cases, the restoration of our village heritage assets. As we are building our collection we are methodically cataloging our photos, paintings, sketches, maps and documents...
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