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Crime & Punishment | Yaxley History

Crime & Punishment in Medieval Yaxley

The Abbot of Thorney in 1284 claimed to hold the view of frankpledge freely and to have waifs in the manor of Yaxley by ancient right. He had tumbrels and a pillory there by reason of the market, and the Yaxley gallows seem to have served for all his Huntingdonshire...

The Yaxley Bodysnatchers

In 1830, William Patrick and William Whayley, labourers of Farcet were charged with bodysnatching from Yaxley churchyard. Together they stole the recently interred body of Jane Mason. Abraham Rist, labourer of Yaxley told the court of Patrick’s attempts to get him to...