Author: Stewart Howe

Muskets at the Old Mill

‘‘The Militia soldiers from Norman Cross prisoner of war camp, used to march down to the fen for target practice at the old mill.’’ As told by Yaxley Farmers Tony and John Mears, to Roy Butters in 2015. The story of militia on Yaxley Fen has been handed down by word of mouth through generations of Yaxley families for more than two centuries. Some believed that an old drainage mill was used by the soldiers from the Norman Cross depot for target practice but a lack of any historical records left these claims unsubstantiated. Inspired by this mystery, local...

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YaxFest unites the village again

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Tour of Cambridgeshire

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The Great Get Together

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The Domesday Book

The Domesday Book was completed in 1086 and amounts to a survey of much of England and parts of Wales. The manuscript record was ordered by King William the Conqueror. The attached image shows the entries for Yaxley, Stanground, Woodston, Haddon, Water Netwon, Sibson, Stibbington, Glatton, Old Fletton, Orton Waterville and Chesterton (modern names). An earlier Anglo Saxon survey known as the Tribal Hidage written around 670-690 makes reference to the Sweordora who may have been a trible living in the vicinity of Sword Point at Whittlesea Mere but the Domesday Book would be the first ‘great census’ in which...

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