Welcome to the website of the Fenland Trust. Our organisation, based in Yaxley, Cambridgeshire was founded to develop charitable projects to enrich the lives of our local residents and promote a better understanding of regional heritage assets. We are founders of the Yaxley Festival and of the Yaxley History Project and members of the Yaxley Partnership.



Beverley Nichols Weekend

The parish of Glatton and the Fenland Trust present a weekend of festivities to celebrate and commemorate the life and works of internationally acclaimed novelist, playwright, journalist, composer and political activist, Beverley Nichols, who lived in Glatton for... read more

Lowest Pub Plaque Unveiled

The status of Holme’s public house the Admiral Wells as the lowest in the British Isles was set in stone in November at a special ceremony. The Fenland Trust unveiled a heritage plaque at the inn with members of Holme Parish Council and Huntingdonshire District... read more

Fenland Trust to open Heritage Centre

The Fen View Museum is the first ‘micro museum’ on the Fen Edge Trail, an exploration of the ‘edge’ of the fenland in Cambridgeshire. The Fen Edge Trail is a walking route around the Cambridgeshire Fens, roughly following the land that lies 5 metres above... read more

Fenland Trust donates plaque for Harold Penketh memorial

Following week-long excavation of a crashed Spitfire in October last year, a permanent memorial to Pilot Officer Harold Penketh, who lost his life in the crash in 1940, has been unveiled in a dedication service near to the crash site at Holme Lode. The Wildlife Trust... read more

Heritage Walks for Local Schools

This week the Fenland Trust was pleased to lead Year 5 children from Yaxley’s William de Yaxley Academy on a walk along Yaxley’s Heritage Spine. The interactive talk, taking in the Olinthus Gregory birthplace, allowed the children to interact with historic... read more

The Fenland Trust at Life on the Holme Front

Meet the Fenland Trust at Life on the Holme Front this weekend. Our 1940s exhibit will be in the grounds of the historic Holmewood Hall and will feature Howsafe’s beautiful 1946 Morris 10cwt Type Y van (restored locally by Yaxley Classic Cars) as well as some... read more

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Powering Local History

Yaxleyhistory.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 Yaxley Heritage Project, developed by The Fenland Trust, which aims to identify, develop, promote and preserve our village heritage assets.

Holme is a Viking word which means island or peninsula surrounded by water. When you approach the village the slightly higher land is quite obvious, the lower dark soil of the Fens surrounds the village on three sides. The original part of the village developed on the highest ground near the church and followed a circular pattern as a result. Please visit HolmeHistory.org.

Coming soon:

  • NormanCross.org
  • Coningtonhistory.org
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