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 848095 to book your place

Newsletter

Click Here to download our latest news.

Links

FFHS Newsletter - Federation of Family History Societies - January 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 01/08/2019 by B and C Thompson

News

Haverhill Group's August 2019 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Thu, 1st Aug 2019

Haverhill Group's August 2019 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.

Annual Village Walk - Balsham, Cambridgeshire

Posted by B and C Thompson on Fri, 12th Jul 2019

A great evening walking around Balsham. Many thanks to Ian, Margaret and the team for showing us around and to Seppe for some of the photographs.

 

 

Haverhill Community Market Day

Posted by B and C Thompson on Wed, 10th Jul 2019

Looking forward to the Haverhill Community Market Day on Saturday 13 July 10am-3pm. We will be having a stall there. Please come along and support the event. There will also be some activities for Children

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Trip to Much Hadham

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sat, 6th Jul 2019

On a glouriously sunny day we went to Much Hadham to visit the Forge Museum, small but lots of interesting bits. After lunch we had a guided tour of the amazing village which is steeped in history. Our guide was extremely knowledgable and entertaining. Highly recommended.

Haverhill Group's July 2019 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Fri, 5th Jul 2019

Haverhill Group's July 2019 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.

Sunday 7th July – Haverhill Show

Posted by B and C Thompson on Tue, 2nd Jul 2019

Sunday 7th July – Haverhill Show – Haverhill Recreation Ground

We will have our gazebo out once again and will be joined by Mick Taylor who will be bringing some of his artefacts along. Should be a great day.

 

Armed Forces Day

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sat, 22nd Jun 2019

We will be having a presence at the Armed Forces Day event to be held on the Market Square in Haverhill between 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

This will be a special event for all the community to celebrate the contribution of the Armed Forces. Stalls, military vehicles, entertainment, music, dancing, marching bands, parade, flag raising, refreshments, memorabilia and children’s activities are amongst the activities planned. Why not come along and support this great event?

June Meeting

Posted by B and C Thompson on Thu, 6th Jun 2019

The next meeting of the Haverhill Family History Group.

A Haverhill Festival event, it should be an entertaining evening.

EVERYONE WELCOME TO COME ALONG.

Thursday 13 June 2019 at 7.30 pm Haverhill Old Independent Church Hall (members £1; visitors £2.50 inc. tea/coffee).

    

Haverhill Group's June 2019 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sat, 1st Jun 2019

Haverhill Group's June 2019 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.

Celebrating the Centenary of the Great War

Posted by B and C Thompson on Mon, 13th May 2019

Our ‘Haverhill Remembers - Lest We Forget’ video of the evening at the Old Independent Church in Nov 2018 to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War celebration is now available on our projects page. Thanks to John Burns and his ‘team’ for their help with the recording.

Events

DateDetailsSpeaker
12/09/2019Carnival! Drama and Popular Protest in Medieval Suffolk
Kate Jewell
19/09/2019Trip - Museum of power
Must Book
10/10/2019Witches & Witch Hunting in East Anglia
Joint Meeting with Haverhill L/H Group
Mike Wabe
12/10/2019OPEN DAY
Haverhill Library (CB9 8HB) 10am – 3pm
14/11/2019The Parish Chest – Frolic, Fervour & Fornication
Pip Wright
12/12/2019Christmas Quiz
A light-hearted social evening with refreshments

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)

Reflections (2018)

Haverhill Remembers - Lest We Forget November 2018

                                                                          

 

Files

Chairmans Report 2019 (.pdf) - Uploaded 10/05/2019