Haverhill Group

Introduction

 

A market town for almost 1000 years, Haverhill still hosts a provisions market each Friday and Saturday throughout the year. Haverhill was recorded in the Domesday survey in 1086, but archaeological evidence shows that both Stone Age man and the Romans thought this valley a good place to settle.

The town thrived through its textile industry notably in the 19th century when it became a significant centre for the making of "drabbet" smocks for the agricultural workers. In 1856, D Gurteen & Sons built a factory with 32 power looms driven by steam.

 

 

 

Although they had been in the town since the 1780s, the new factory brought expansion and the town became prosperous. It almost doubled in size between 1851 and 1901, bringing new houses, factories, schools, churches and public buildings to make it a complete Victorian town.

In the late 1940s, Haverhill was named an "expansion town" by the Haverhill Urban District Council and Greater London Council. The population quadrupled between 1951 and the present time and Haverhill continues to grow, with new facilities and new housing. It is a forward looking town with a strong sense of community and an active Town Council

 

 

Programme

The Haverhill group usually meets on the 2nd Thursdayof each month in the Old Independent Church Hall, Hamlet Road, Haverhill, CB9 9EF. (unless stated otherwise). Click here for directions

Meetings usually start at 7.30pm. Admission £1.00 for SFHS members, £2.50 for visitors. Tea/Coffee included.
Library of local and family history books available for free loan and opportunity to search SFHS data for Suffolk ancestors.

Coach Trips to major record offices, including the London Metropolitan Archives, National Newspaper Library and the National Archives at Kew, and national museums.

Annual Walk around a local village for a guided tour of historical interests, tracing our ancestors' footsteps, even to the local hostelry!

Help Sessions are held weekly Wed 2-4pm at the Library, Camps, Road, Haverhill, CB9 8HB with free guided access to Ancestry.com, Find My Past and more.


To book your place at the Library phone 01440 702638

Wednesday
Afternoons
2 - 4pm
Help with YOUR Research - at Haverhill Library (CB9 8HB)
Guided use of the Internet, especially for newcomers or those 'stuck' phone 01440 702638 to book your place

Newsletter

Click Here to download our latest news.

Links

FFHS Newsletter - Federation of Family History Societies - Christmas edition

Family History (Haverhill) Group - Facebook page

Haverhill UK - local census, baptism, burial & other records posted by the Haverhill Group

Haverhill & District Local History Group - Haverhill Local History Centre is a resource and study centre for Haverhill and surrounding villages.

Haverhill Old Independent Church - The United Reformed Church at Haverhill, locally known as the Old Independent Church, (OIC)

Contact

Secretary: Charmian Thompson
5 Hadrian Close,
Haverhill,
Suffolk, CB9 0NH

or by Email:  haverhill@suffolkfhs.org.uk  to our Secretary

Last Modified on 01/05/2018 by Brian & Charmian Thompson

News

AGM & OIC - Organs, Inventions & (non) Conformist

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Wed, 2nd May 2018

Haverhill Group's May 2018 Newsletter

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Tue, 1st May 2018

Haverhill Group's May 2018 Newsletter now available to view.

 Can be found at the bottom of this page, the  'Events' page or follow the link on the 'Introduction' page.

Sudbury Group Quiz

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Wed, 25th Apr 2018

We had a very enjoyable evening with the Sudbury Group when we sent two teams over to join in with their quiz night.

Our 'A' consisting of David, Pauline, Pat, Debbie and Rosemary came a very creditable 3rd just 4 points behind the eventual winners. Our 'B' team, Charmian, Annette, Glyn and Brian came just behind in 4th place. We wish to thank all our friends from the Sudbury group for their hospitality and making us feel most welcome.

                              

Trip Saffron Walden & Braintree Museum

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Wed, 25th Apr 2018

On our first trip of the year we went first to Saffron Walden museum and then after lunch onto Braintree Museum where we also had the opportunity to listen to an interesting talk about the Essex music scene in the 60s, 70s and 80s.

        

Help Sessions at Haverhill Library

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Sun, 8th Apr 2018

Haverhill Family History Group celebrated their 500th session at the Haverhill Library last week. They meet every Wednesday between 2-4pm to help people with their family tree research. Well done to all the team and helpers from the Haverhill Family History Group who have helped countless number of people over the years.

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Haverhill Group's April 2018 Newsletter

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Mon, 2nd Apr 2018

Haverhill Group's April 2018 Newsletter now available to view. 

Can be found at the bottom of this page, the  'Events' page or follow the link on the 'Introduction' page.

Dating Postcards with Tom Doig

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Thu, 29th Mar 2018

Many of us have postcards and photographs which have been handed down through the family, but our ancestors rarely put the year on them! Social historian Tom Doig will help us to identify and date those postcards, with plenty of illustrations. If there is time he will also help identify any old photographs.

12th April 2018  Old Independent Church Hall 7.30pm

Everyone welcome. Members £1.00, Non-members £2.50 includes refreshments.

Haverhill Group's March 2018 Newsletter

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Thu, 1st Mar 2018

Haverhill Group's March 2018 Newsletter now available to view. 

Can be found at the bottom of the 'Events' page or follow the link on the 'Introduction' page.

Next meeting - 8th March 2018

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Mon, 26th Feb 2018

8th March 2018  Old Independent Church Hall 7.30pm

Everyone welcome. Members £1.00, Non-members £2.50 includes refreshments.

Pupils learn about Victorian Haverhill

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Tue, 30th Jan 2018

Haverhill Family History Group were delighted to be able to provide a resource pack about ‘Life in Victorian Haverhill’ to St Felix Roman Catholic Primary School. This was due to the generosity of the East of England Co-op whose members financially supported the Group’s project to deliver workshops to Key Stage 2 pupils. Members of the Family History Group were able to work with pupils from Year 5 and 6 at St Felix for a day of activities. Pupils had opportunities to learn about the lives of real people from a wide variety of social backgrounds who lived in Haverhill during Queen Victoria’s reign. They were able to work with a range of historic sources including photos, old documents and even newspaper reports from the South West Suffolk Echo! Pupils were particularly enthusiastic about an oakum picking activity although had they been in the workhouse and doing this for a ten hours rather than a brief ten minutes they may have been less enthusiastic about this mundane task. Richard Hart was on hand to teach some songs that would have been sung during that time and pupils were also able to look at a range of Victorian artefacts kindly brought along for the occasion by Mr Taylor who has a private collection. The resource pack contains all the materials required to complete a set of tasks and it is hoped that these will be useful when future years study ‘The Victorians’ as part of their history curriculum.

 

Photo: Charmian Thompson (Haverhill Family History Group) presents the resource pack to pupils from Years 5 and 6 and KS2 leader Mrs C Shirm.

Events

DateDetailsSpeaker
10/05/2018AGM – Members ‘show and tell’ presentation on their research.
Old Independent Church Hall (CB9 9EF) at 7.30pm, members £1 visitors £2.50 inc. tea/coffee
Ourselves
14/06/2018Dads Army (The TV Program)
A Haverhill Festival event - Old Independent Church Hall (CB9 9EF) at 7.30pm, members £1 visitors £2.50 inc. tea/coffee
Dave Steward
26/06/2018Trip to Pakenham Mill
Must book - further details email haverhillfhg@suffolkfhs.co.uk
12/07/2018A guided village walk at Steeple Bumpstead
Always a popular event. Booking essential.
Ourselves
16/08/2018Trip to Museum of East Anglian Life
Must book - further details email haverhillfhg@suffolkfhs.co.uk
13/09/2018Demystifying DNA
Old Independent Church Hall (CB9 9EF) at 7.30pm, members £1 visitors £2.50 inc. tea/coffee
Karen Cumings
22/09/2018OPEN DAY at Haverhill Library
OPEN DAY at Haverhill Library (CB9 8HB) 10am – 3pm For beginners and those who need help breaking down 'brick walls'
Ourselves
11/10/2018Town Criers
Joint Meeting with Haverhill Local History Group. Old Independent Church Hall (CB9 9EF) at 7.30pm, members £1 visitors £2.50 inc. tea/coffee
Brenda Willison
10/11/2018We Will Remember Them – Remembering the end of the war
At Haverhill Arts Centre, 7.30pm This event will be supported by local music and drama groups.
Ourselves

Contact

For further details on the programme you should contact

Secretary: Charmian Thompson
5 Hadrian Close,
Haverhill,
Suffolk, CB9 0NH

or by Email:  haverhill@suffolkfhs.org.uk  to our Secretary

Group Contact

Secretary: Charmian Thompson
5 Hadrian Close,
Haverhill,
Suffolk, CB9 0NH

or by Email:  haverhill@suffolkfhs.org.uk  to our Secretary

Group Projects

Haverhill Roll of Honour 

Haverhill Roll of Honour (World War 1)

Haverhill Roll of Honour (World War 2)

Haverhill Roll of Honour (Other Conflicts)

(If you have any information/photos of Haverhill casualties please contact haverhill@suffolkfhs.org.uk)

Haverhill at Work Project (2016-17)

Haverhill People Project (2017)

                                                                              

 

Files

FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY July 2017 Newsletter (.pdf) - Uploaded 01/07/2017
FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY June 2017 Newsletter (.pdf) - Uploaded 05/06/2017
FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY May 2017 Newsletter (.pdf) - Uploaded 02/05/2017