Welcome to the Yarwell Parish Website
Our website serves the parish of Yarwell and has two main aims:
- to allow Parish Council documents and information to be distributed and available for everyone to access
- to engage you with the activities of your Parish Council and encourage your input and participation in Parish Council matters
The website is run by the Parish Council for the residents of Yarwell and aims to offer a useful information resource for all. We hope you find the website easy to use and helps you to keep connected to the activities of your parish council.
Please get in touch if you have any suggestions about how we might improve the website.
Yarwell is a small village in East Northamptonshire, approximately 10 miles West of Peterborough and close to the A1. The village has a pub, called the Angel Inn, a vibrant village hall and around 150 properties.
The village still has a band called the Yarwell and Nassington Britannia Brass Band which meets every Wednesday in the village hall. Our older residents are catered for with a twice a month Lunch Club also on a Wednesday and again held in the village hall.
The market towns of Oundle and Stamford are approximately 7 miles away in opposite directions and there are Post Offices both in Wansford and Nassington which are only about a mile away.
The village sign which can be found at the crossroads was made by a local craftsman from Elton and depicts the three main parts of the village, these being, the church, the Village well’s and Yarwell Mill.
There are many stories to be told about how Yarwell got it’s name – was it that the well depicts the origin of the village name – a spring (or well), where yarrow grows or was it that after two people were talking about their wells, one said to the other “That is not my well, that is yar (your) well” – Who knows? At one time nearly every house in the village had a well.
On the Main Street is the Church of St Mary Magdalene where local legend has it that as a child Humphrey Bellamy, ill and destitute, a poor beggar boy was so kindly treated by the villagers when he passed through the village that he vowed that if he ever found his rich merchant Uncle in London and became rich he would be buried in Yarwell and that he would leave money to the poor. In 1715 when he was a London merchant he passed away and endowed £10 to a local charity to aid the poor in the area, the interest of which became known as ‘Beggar Boy’s Money’