Welcome to Yaxleyhistory.org

blanklogofenland-trust-logo-small-headerYaxleyhistory.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 Few View Heritage Centre Project, developed by The Fenland Trust, which aims to identify, develop, promote and preserve our village heritage assets.

The Fen View Heritage Centre will be a permanent residence for Yaxley and Farcet’s treasures  and is currently in development. If you have any items that you would like to donate or lend to us please contact us.


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

Latest Features

Mapping the Mere

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

Yaxleyhistory.org on Historypin

Historypin has been developed by the not-for-profit company We Are What We Do, in partnership with Google. The Fenland Trust is adding local history content to Historypin where everyone has the chance to see it, add to it, learn from it, debate it and use it to build up a more complete understanding of our village.

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The Lake

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

The Prison

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

The Pubs

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

The Places

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

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

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 married...

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

Archaic Huntingdonshire Rhyme

Yaxley History is a member of the Yaxley Partnership