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Yaxley is in Suffolk.

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

Pevsner said of the 12th Century Church that the north porch was 'one of the most swagger in Suffolk'. The church has the remnants of a large medieval doom painting . High up on the wall above the door hangs a Sexton's Wheel. This curious survival is a device whereby those wishing to fast for a whole year from one of the six Lady days could choose one at random by catching one of six strings attached to named spokes after the Sexton had set the wheels revolving.

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

Yaxley Manor, built for John Fanner in 1520, is of timber frame construction, clad in brickwork.

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

16th century Yaxley Hall has a fanciful Gothick facade and, according to Pevsner, 'a composite picture' including older range with mullioned and transomed windows. Two wings burnt down in 1922. Recently, the famous haunted painting of Henrietta Nelson has returned after an absence of nearly a century.






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Status: Ceremonial & Non-metropolitan county
Region: East of England
Area: 3,801 sq. km
Admin HQ: Ipswitch
ISO 3166-2: GB-SFK
ONS code: 42
Population: 715,700 (2008 est.)
Council: Suffolk County Council

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