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Reminiscences & Essays | Yaxley History

Yaxley in the 1950s

By Margaret Long and the late Roy Dudley The only development in the early 50s in Yaxley was along the Broadway, Hillcrest Avenue, Middletons Lane, Chapel Street, Church Lane and Windsor Road. Yaxley consisted mainly of orchards, hedgerows and grass fields. Dundee...

A century in Yaxley: 1890 to 1990

A fair and market was held on the Village Green until the 1920’s. Cattle, for market on Wednesdays and Saturdays, were kept in the cobbled yard of the old Bell Inn, which was on the Green. The fair lasted from Holy Thursday until midnight the following Saturday....

The Fenland: Yaxley and Thorney

By Margaret Long Let us stop to admire and devote our time and thoughts to such people who have made the untamed fens what they are today; flat, beautiful, productive, peaceful, dark and  mysterious. These such people were The Fenland Saints, Cornelious Vermuden, Sir...

Yaxley in the 1870s

A CENTURY AGO – when many Yaxley villagers depended on agriculture for their livelihood. This was in the period of transition when agricultural practice was slow to accept the corning mechanical aids, especially for harvesting. It was a time when a meagre wage...

Yaxley: 1935-1945 by Jack Beeby

By 1935 employment had improved and housing development had either commenced or plans approved for building homes in Dovecot Lane, London Road and along Broadway toward Chapel Lane. Also there was the cosy homesteads built opposite Broadway Terrace and Woodbine...

Yaxley in 1968 by Edna Strickson

Yaxley in 1968 by Edna Strickson (1919-1975) Situated five miles south of Peterborough, Yaxley was originally a small hamlet on the edge of the now drained Whittlesea Mere, consisting probably of a few small huts, built most likely on stilts. Not far from the Great...