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 31/05/2018 by Brian & Charmian Thompson

News

Suffolk Day

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Thu, 21st Jun 2018

The Haverhill Family History Group took part in Suffolk Day by offering help to anyone with Suffolk roots researching their family history. We were delighted to see our local Town Council Mayor, Tony Brown who came along to support the event.

Suffolk Day

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Tue, 12th Jun 2018

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Starting out on your family tree research or stuck and need help? Come along to our free help session at Haverhill Library on the 21st June 2018. Primarily for those with Suffolk roots but anyone interested in Family History welcome.

Dads Army - The TV Programme

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Tue, 12th Jun 2018

A HAVERHILL FESTIVAL EVENT - Dads Army (The TV Program) with Dave Steward 14th June 2018, Old Independent Church Hall 7.30pm. Everyone welcome. Members £1.00, Non-members £2.50 includes refreshments.

To mark the 50th Anniversary of the first transmission of Dad's Army on BBC television we welcome Dave Steward who tell us the story, with artefacts, of the sitcom depicting the British Home Guard during the Second World War. Written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, and broadcast on the BBC from 1968 to 1977, the sitcom ran for nine series and 80 episodes in total. Besides the TV series there was also a radio version, a feature film and a stage show. The series regularly gained audiences of 18 million viewers, and is still repeated worldwide. OUR THANKS TO THE HAVERHILL TOWN COUNCIL FOR SPONSORING THIS EVENT.

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Open day at the Old Independent Church, Haverhill

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Sun, 10th Jun 2018

We had a great weekend supporting the Old Independent Church open day. Met lots of nice people who came along to visit this amazing church. One of the many highlights was listening to our own member Richard Hart playing one of the finest organs in East Anglia.

Haverhill Group's June 2018 Newsletter

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Thu, 31st May 2018

Haverhill Group's June 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.

Haverhill Festival

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Mon, 28th May 2018

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:- The Haverhill Festival events have now been published. There are some great events throughout the festival and we feature in some of them.

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.

        

Events

DateDetailsSpeaker
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