Maxey, Cambridgeshire

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Maxey
Maxey Church - geograph.org.uk - 161800.jpg
St Peter's Church
Maxey is located in Cambridgeshire
Maxey
Maxey
Location within Cambridgeshire
OS grid referenceTF125085
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townPeterborough
Postcode districtPE6
EU ParliamentEast of England
List of places
UK
England
Cambridgeshire
52°39′36″N 0°20′02″W / 52.660°N 0.334°W / 52.660; -0.334Coordinates: 52°39′36″N 0°20′02″W / 52.660°N 0.334°W / 52.660; -0.334

Maxey is a village in the Peterborough unitary authority in England, located between Peterborough and Stamford and southwest of The Deepings. It is home to nearly 700 residents.

The main focal points are the one remaining public house (Blue Bell), the Church (St Peter's) and the village hall. Each provides a range of social functions throughout the year. There are a surprising number of businesses based in the village, including a few working farms.

History[edit]

Signpost in Maxey

Once part of the Soke of Peterborough in Northamptonshire, Maxey can trace its 'modern' roots back over 1,000 years. However, archaeological excavation of the area has provided ample evidence of continuous occupation for over 4,000 years. Lolham Bridges, on the outskirts of Maxey between Helpston and Bainton, were originally built in the Roman era.[1]

Rescue archaeology before gravel workings began revealed details of a large henge in Maxey.[2] Discovered from Aerial Photographs in 1956 by J. K. St Joseph and last excavated by Francis Pryor in 1979-81 the henge was 126 metres in diameter, one of the largest known. It was part of an entire landscape[3] of neolithic features, including a cursus and barrows. Along with the large and mysterious ritual village at nearby Etton, this collection of sites has featured in Pryor's writing about large-scale ritual landscapes.[4]

The village web site has a detailed account of life in Maxey between the 9th and 12th centuries.[5]

Surname[edit]

If your family has an uninterrupted bloodline, and no one decided to change their name by deed poll or similar, then you can be reasonably certain that anyone with the surname Maxey (or close derivative, i.e. Maxcy) has their ancestral origins in the village/environs of Maxey.[6]

Businesses[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lolham Bridges Hidden Heritage (retrieved 19 December 2009)
  2. ^ "National Monuments record for Maxey Henge".
  3. ^ "National Monuments record for Maxey Complex".
  4. ^ Pryor, Francis. Seahenge: A Quest for Life and Death in Bronze Age Britain. Harper Collins. ISBN 0-00-710192-9., An archaeological autobiography
  5. ^ "Maxey 1000AD". Archived from the original on 10 May 2008. from the village web site
  6. ^ "FAQs". Maxey Website.

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