Yaxley, Suffolk

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Yaxley is located in Suffolk
Location within Suffolk
Population588 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTM121739
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townEYE
Postcode districtIP23
Dialling code01379
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°19′20″N 1°06′39″E / 52.32219°N 1.11082°E / 52.32219; 1.11082Coordinates: 52°19′20″N 1°06′39″E / 52.32219°N 1.11082°E / 52.32219; 1.11082

Yaxley is a small village just west of Eye in Suffolk, England. The name means 'cuckoo-clearing'.[citation needed]

Church of St. Mary[edit]

Pevsner describes the north porch of the 12th-century church as 'one of the most swagger in Suffolk'.[citation needed]

Inside the church are the remnants of a large medieval doom painting and high on the wall above the door hangs a Sexton's Wheel. This curious survival, is a device consisting of two wheels, 2 feet 8 inches in diameter, revolving on a single axle. Many theories have been proposed for use of the wheels, including the idea that they were used purely as ornaments for church doors. It has also been suggested that those wishing to fast, in honour of the Virgin Mary, from one of the six Lady Days, could choose one at random by catching one of six strings attached to named spokes. It was the Sexton who would set the two wheels revolving. The only other example in the country is claimed to be at Long Stratton in Norfolk[2]

Local Houses[edit]

16th-century Yaxley Hall

Ashton Cottage in Church Lane, once the village school, was for many years the home of choreographer Frederick Ashton. He lived in Valley Farm House on Old Ipswich Road, until recently a property of the Henniker-Major family.

16th-century Yaxley Hall is a Grade II* listed building. It has a fanciful Gothick facade and, according to Pevsner, 'a composite picture' including older range with mullioned and transomed windows.[citation needed] Two wings burnt down in 1922. Recently, the famous haunted painting of Henrietta Nelson has returned, after an absence of nearly a century.[where?]

Yaxley Manor, built for John Fanner in 1520, is of timber frame construction, clad in brickwork. It is a Grade II* listed building.[3]

Bull's Hall is named after William de Bulle, owner in 1328; the present timber-framed and jettied building dates from 1570.


  1. ^ "Civuil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  2. ^ Harold Mills West, 2002, Suffolk Villages, Newbury, Countryside Books, ISBN 1 85306 751 2, p.95
  3. ^ http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-280338-yaxley-manor-house-yaxley-suffolk

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