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.
Learn about one of the region’s most historically important villages.
“Glatton Round Hill, Yaxley Stone Mill and Whittlesea Mere, Are the three great wonders- of Huntingdonshire.”
Archaic Huntingdonshire Rhyme
Discover Yaxley’s lost lake, once the greatest expanse of water in Southern England.
Learn about the world’s first purpose built prisoner-of-war camp.
Go back to a bygone age when Yaxley had over a dozen public houses.
Gaze upon the architecture of Yaxley, some of it still with us, but much of it long gone.
- Advertising Ephemera (July 11, 2014)
- timeline (July 3, 2014)
- Farr Family (July 2, 2014)
- Yaxley Gala (June 29, 2014)
- Map showing Whittlesea Mere 1648 (June 29, 2014)
- Whittlesea Mere (June 29, 2014)
- Yaxley Pubs (June 29, 2014)
- Gallery: Manorial Records (June 29, 2014)
- Yaxley Festival (June 29, 2014)
- Manorial Records (December 30, 2013)
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.
Stewart Howe ponders the etymological origins of the region of Freezeland on the north shore of the Whittlesea Mere.
Stewart Howe lists a number of books and research sources recommended by himself and Margaret Long, for those interested in the history of Yaxley and the Fens.