This website was created as a key component of the Yaxley Festival project and now stands alone as the foundation stone for the village’s new heritage thrust, which will begin with Yaxley Heritage Week in November 2014.

This site represents the most complete Yaxley history database and will be added to improved and expanded on an ongoing basis. Since the beginning of the project we have massively expanded out local history records and continue to undertake research and add items to our collection. A redesign of the site in 2014 has allowed us to integrate many more features, which will be rolled out in the coming months, including geolocation/mapping data and a chronological search facility.

We are also excited to have collaborated with Tracey Mooney of Nottingham University, who has undertaken a three-year study based upon the Whittlesea Mere and the social impact of its drainage in the middle part of the 19th Century.

We always appreciate feedback, especially information that can help us to improve and expand our records.


Digital preservation and accessibility of Yaxley’s historical documents and images.

Looking forward

Harnessing the potential of technology to explore the past.

Unlocking the past

Developing Yaxley’s existing heritage assets and the development of new heritage assets such as the proposed Stonemill Cemetery.

Yaxley Musem

The establishment of a permanent, publicly accessible repository for Yaxley’s heritage assets.

Stewart Howe


stewart-profileStewart was born in the village, before leaving to settle with his family in Stanground, where he attended Stanground Comprehensive School.  Stewart first made contact with Margaret Long in 1998 when researching the history of 102 Main Street. Four generations of his family currently reside in Yaxley. Stewart was co-founder of the Yaxley Festival.

Margaret Long


margaret-profileMargaret was born in the village, attended local schools and Stanground Comprehensive school. Married in 1970, Margaret has two daughters and two grandchildren. Margaret is a keen historian and author (along with Eric Day) of the book Portrait of Yaxley. Margaret is a member the Cambridgeshire Community Archive Network and was a member of the first Yaxley Festival Committee.

Mark Oliver


markMark Oliver is a Fenman through and through with a longstanding love affair with stonecraft and the possibilities of transforming natural materials into objects of physical beauty. Having carved a niche in the region as the one of the premier exponents for the art of stoneworking he is also a dedicated community contributor who serves both as a Parish and District Councillor.