Main Street, Yaxley

A lovely undated image showing Main Street in Yaxley with the Girls and Infants School in the distance on the right. This would today have been taken somewhere close to the junction with Blenheim Way.

Broadway, Yaxley (1964)

A view along Broadway in Yaxley in 1964. The shop in the foreground right is still trading in 2016 as a supermarket.

Ticket to Yaxley & Farcet Station (1955)

A third class single ticket from Peterborough North to the old station at Yaxley & Farcet issued on 16th October 1955.

The station, which was sited just south of the Broadway Bridge, opened in 1890 as simply Yaxley Station before being renamed Yaxley & Farcet in 1895. It closed in the early part of 1959.

Yaxley Boys School

A bruised and battered but wonderful image showing the old Yaxley (Endowed) Boys School, opened in 1848 – date unknown. The building still stands on Main Street today.

Yaxley Village Hall (1922)

Yaxley Village Hall pictured in 1922, shortly after opening at its site on Back Lane.

The Hall was used as a school extension during the war in order to cope with the number of evacuees in the village and is still standing in 2014.

Yaxley POW Camp Letter

A letter postmarked from Yaxley POW Camp which was sited off London Road (A15) on the Hampton side opposite where today’s junction with Brunel Drive is (see image below).

The site started off as a Military Camp, which during the days after the Dunkirk Evacuation in 1940, was bursting at the seams.  One of the units based at Yaxley at this time was the 401/219 Company, Royal Engineers.  The Camp later became a POW Camp housing mixed nationalities including Poles, Ukranians, Yugoslavs, one White Russian, Germans, Italians and some stateless persons. They were all subject to work permits and the Aliens Order Restrictions.

When the POW camp ceased to be, it was taken over by the National Service Hostels Association and renamed the “Yaxley Hostel” and was under the control of the Peterborough Office of the Ministry of Labour. The Hostel housed employees from The London Brick Co. Ltd (working at various brickyards in the Yaxley, Peterborough and Whittlesey areas), British Rail workers (mostly employed on the Permanent Way section), several Peterborough engineering firms, some small firms within the Peterborough area, public works contractors and a few engaged in agriculture.

Parts of the hard standings and foundations are still in place today.


Village Pump, Yaxley

An early 1900s shot marked “Village pump, Yaxley” although exactly where the pump is isn’t clear. Today the pump is preserved on Yaxley Green.

London Road, Yaxley (1925)

This image was captured from the side of today’s A15 somewhere in the vicinity of Yaxley which would have been in the distant right with what appear to be the Fletton brickworks in the distance. If anybody wants to identify the three way junction in the near distance, please let us know !

Image courtesy of Marcus Thompson from the Harold Burleigh Thompson collection