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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

Yaxley Festival

The Yaxley Festival was founded by Stewart Howe and Huntingdonshire District Councillor Mark Oliver in 2012. The event was imagined and developed in 2011. The idea was to stage a free annual community event that incorporated attractions and activities to appeal to...

Yaxley Heritage Week

In an exciting week for those interested in local history and specifically the heritage of Yaxley, it has been announced that the newly formed Fenland Trust, a group created as a direct result of the Yaxley Festival Legacy Heritage Project, will be staging the...

Yaxley Festival History Exhibition

The Yaxley Festival isn’t just about community and entertainment – it’s also about heritage, specifically celebrating the rich local history of Yaxley and the Great Fen. For nearly 900 years the magnificent cathedral at Peterborough has flung a shadow across...

Manorial Records

The Manorial Records are a collection of documents, records and maps belonging to the Parish of Yaxley. They were purchased by the Yaxley Parish Council and are stored in a fireproof chest in the Council Chambers at the Amenity Centre. Included in the collection are...

Chairman’s Chains of Office

The modern chains of office worn by the Chairman of the Yaxley Parish Council feature a variation upon the village sign designed  by Mr. T. Ward in 1977. The design, divided into three by a “Y” representing Yaxley, incorporates two hands clasping a heart – symbolising...
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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