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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 Yaxley Heritage Project, developed by The Fenland Trust, which aims to identify, develop, promote and preserve our village heritage assets.

The Yaxley Fenland Museum will be a permanent residence for Yaxley’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.

A Brief History of our village

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.

Quick Links

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.


Latest Updates

Holburn House

With a thatched roof at the front and tiled roof at the rear, Holburn House was owned by the Day family. The building was originally thatched with reed from around the Whittlesea Mere.

Yaxley Feast and Parade

The later feast and parade of the early 20th century, as recalled by Harry Strickson, started on a Sunday afternoon from the Duck and Drake public house. Led by the Ancient Order of the Foresters and their juveniles, the parade included the fire brigade and the Kings...

Feast of the New Club

The Feast of the New Club, held annually on the second Tuesday in June in the years before 1851, included traditional water festivities on the Mere and dancing on the shore.

Yaxley Fair

In 1227, Henry III granted a yearly fair on the Saturday after Ascension Day and on the four following days to Thorney Abbey, and early in the reign of Edward I the profits from tolls and stallage amounted to 6s. 8d. a year. The fair passed with the manor to Queen...
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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