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.

Quick Links

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 Yaxley Gazette

THE YAXLEY GAZETTE is the village’s only local magazine. Every month the Yaxley Gazette has a print run of 7500 and is received and read in more than 6300 homes across the village and beyond. Launched in May 2009, the Yaxley Gazette is put together every month...

Holme Fen

The Holme Fen (originally spelled 'Holm') nature reserve contains the largest pure birch woodland in the country together with raised mire and heathland habitats. Around 450 species of fungi are found in the woodland and mixed scrub on the site and these habitats also...

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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