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.

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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

Large Copper butterfuly

The Large Copper butterfuly was first discovered from Dozen's Bank near Spalding in Lincolnshire in 1749 and was abundant around the Whittlesea Mere, eventually becoming extinct in the British Isles in 1860, just a few years after the great lake was drained. There...

Rev. Frederick John Moule

Frederick John Moule was Vicar of St Peters from 1868 to 1891. He was the third son of Henry Moule [1801 - 1880] the vicar of Fordington and his wife Mary Mullett Evans. He was the first of their children to be born in Fordington on the 10th May 1830. He was duly...

The Bure

In 1805 a Norfolk Clergyman called Preston sailed his small cutter called The Bure from the Norfolk Broads or lakes into the Whittlesea Mere.  The vessel drew two feet of water and had a large mainsail, foresail and jib. There was a cabin to sit eight diners, an...

Earl of Sandwich

Earl of Sandwich is a 17th-century title in the Peerage of England, nominally associated with Sandwich, Kent. It was created in 1660 for the prominent naval commander Admiral Sir Edward Montagu. He was made Baron Montagu, of St Neots in the County of Huntingdon, and...

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“Glatton Round Hill, Yaxley Stone Mill and Whittlesea Mere, Are the three great wonders- of Huntingdonshire.”

Archaic Huntingdonshire Rhyme

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