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 03/12/2017 by Brian & Charmian Thompson

News

Christmas Quiz 2017

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Fri, 15th Dec 2017

A great night at the annual Christmas Quiz. Many thanks to all those who came along to support this annual event. 

Congratulations to the winning team from the Bury branch, ably assisted by our own Isobel Orris pictured here with Rosie and Kevin Pulford. The two other winning members of the team Doug Howlett and Geoff Dennish had to leave before the presentation was made.

It was nice to see many members in their Christmas outfits!

 

'We Will Remember Them' - Methodist Church 2017

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Mon, 4th Dec 2017

The Haverhill Family History Group recently hosted a ‘We Will Remember Them’ evening at the Haverhill Methodist Church on the 9th of November at 7.30pm.  This was a special evening consisting of readings and visual displays remembering the fallen who are remembered at the Methodist Church together with memories of Haverhill and important events of the time. My grateful thanks are extended to John Burns who filmed the event which can be viewed following this link:-  https://www.youtube.com/embed/fQZmvTftK2Y 

Haverhill Group's December 2017 Newsletter

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Sun, 3rd Dec 2017

Haverhill Group's December 2017 Newsletter now available to view. 

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

Learning about Victorian life through family histo

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Thu, 30th Nov 2017

An unbelievable amount of £2540.72 was raised to fund ‘Learning about Victorian life through family history’. The Haverhill Family History Group would like to thank Emma and the staff from Clare (Suffolk) Co-op for all their support and hospitality at the presentation. We are of course very grateful for the generosity of the Co-op shoppers/community for helping to raise this fantastic amount. It does mean that we can present resource packs to local schools and offer opportunities for workshops.

Bury Group Annual Quiz

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Thu, 16th Nov 2017

We entered two teams into the Bury Branch Quiz. Not victorious on this occasion but it is the taking part that counts! Many thanks to our colleagues and friends in Bury for a very enjoyable evening.

 

We Will Remember Them

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Sat, 11th Nov 2017

The Haverhill Family History Group are hosted a ‘We Will Remember Them’ evening at the Haverhill Methodist Church on the 9th of November at 7.30pm. 
This special evening consisted of readings and visual displays remembering the fallen who are remembered at the Methodist Church together with memories of Haverhill and important events of the time. Music was performed by the Methodist Worship Band and also the St Mary’s Singers with special guests David and Chris Hart. A memorable and moving  evening, a full report will be in our next edition (December 2017) of our newsletter.

                     

November trip

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Thu, 2nd Nov 2017

A great day out, visiting the East Anglian Railway Museum and then onwards to the Tiptree Jam Factory Museum. Both places well worth a visit.

Haverhill Group's November  2017 Newsletter

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Tue, 31st Oct 2017

Haverhill Group's November  2017 Newsletter now available to view. 

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

Victorian Ghost Hunter - Thursday 12th October

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Sun, 8th Oct 2017

Just a reminder about our next meeting at the Old Independent Church Hall on Thursday 12th October at 7.30pm

 

Haverhill People Exhibition

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Wed, 4th Oct 2017

Over sixty invited guest attended the opening night of the 'Haverhill People' exhibition which runs until the 3rd of November 2017 at Haverhill Arts Centre. It was extremely pleasing to see our own Society Chairman Doug Howlett and Roots editor Geoff Dennish also there to support the Haverhill Group.

Events

DateDetailsSpeaker
14/12/2017Christmas Quiz
A light-hearted social evening with refreshments
27/01/2018OPEN DAY at Haverhill Library
OPEN DAY at Haverhill Library (CB9 8HB) 10am – 3pm For beginners and those who need help breaking down 'brick walls' The emphasis of the open day will be ‘What did my Grandad / Ancestor do during the war?’
08/02/2018Women & the Great War
Old Independent Church Hall (CB9 9EF) at 7.30pm, members £1 visitors £2.50 inc. tea/coffee
Annie James
08/03/2018What was it like to live in the time of the Plague
Old Independent Church Hall (CB9 9EF) at 7.30pm, members £1 visitors £2.50 inc. tea/coffee
Pip Wright
12/04/2018Dating Postcards
Old Independent Church Hall (CB9 9EF) at 7.30pm, members £1 visitors £2.50 inc. tea/coffee
Tom Doig
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
12/07/2018A guided village walk at Steeple Bumpstead
Always a popular event. Booking essential.
Ourselves
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
13/12/2018Christmas Quiz
A light-hearted social evening with refreshments, Old Independent Church Hall (CB9 9EF) at 7.30pm, members £1 visitors £2.50 inc. tea/coffee
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

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
FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY Feb 2017 Newsletter (.pdf) - Uploaded 18/02/2017
FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY Jan 2017 Newsletter (.pdf) - Uploaded 02/01/2017
FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY Dec 2016 Newsletter (.pdf) - Uploaded 01/12/2016
FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY Nov 2016 Newsletter (.pdf) - Uploaded 01/11/2016