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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

Witches and Black Adders

Enid Porter’s Cambridgeshire Customs and Folklore (1969) relates an interesting tale of the Fen’s Black Viper. Apparently the Black Viper [common European Adder] was common to the undrained peat Fens of the past and that black reptile, invisible against...

William Cook (Yaxley Iron Works)

William Cook was founded in 1857 and based in West End, Yaxley. In the 1914 Grace’s Guide their specialities are listed as “Straw, Hay and Corn Elevators, Sacklifter and Tyre Benders. Repairs of every description to Portable, Traction or fixed Engines, Public...

Clarksteel / Clark Drain

Clark-Drain was formerly known as Clarksteel Ltd, which was founded in 1965 by Francis Clark and his wife Dorothy who were looking to buy a manhole cover. At that time they were quoted a 12 to 18 month delivery time! So instead of waiting, they set about making a...

Beebys Brick Company

Brickmakers of Yaxley. Beebys B.C.L. was formed in 1897 by the Beeby family, coalmerchants of Peterborough, who leased the land for its brickworks from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. The company went public in 1927 and the London Brick Co. gained a controlling...
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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