Haverhill Group



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




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

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


Click Here to download our latest news.


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)


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

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

Last Modified on 02/08/2017 by Brian & Charmian Thompson


Ramsey Rural Museum

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Thu, 10th Aug 2017



Charmian, Rosemary, Pauline and Beryl looking at one of the exhibits.

Basil and Richard discussing some of the many  items on display.


A great day at the  Ramsey Rural Museum in Huntingdonshire. Situated in open countryside on the edge of a small Fenland town the museum, housed in renovated 17th century farm buildings, is full of donated items and exhibits. Well worth a visit.

Haverhill Group's August 2017 Newsletter

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Tue, 1st Aug 2017

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

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

Haverhill Summer Bash

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Sun, 16th Jul 2017

A Great day at the Haverhill Summer Bash. Met a lot of interesting people with lots of stories to tell. Also nice to meet up with our Town Mayor, David Roach, who always very supportive of our group.


Thurlow walk

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Fri, 14th Jul 2017

A great night out at the 'Thurlow walk' Many thanks to Alan and his team for a thoroughly interesting and entertaining evening. Thanks also to the Red Lion at Wratting for their hospitality.

Haverhill Group's July 2017 Newsletter

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Sat, 1st Jul 2017

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

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

KEMPS'S JIG -A Haverhill Festival Event

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Sun, 25th Jun 2017

In partnership with the Haverhill Town Council we have organised this event as our contribution to the Haverhill Festival. Tickets are now available from the box office however they will also be on sale on the evening of the event. The show is KEMP’S JIG by ANCESTRAL VOCES, an accomplished group that should be hugely entertaining. It is rumoured that there will be a ‘ye olde rustic’ welcome drink for visitors! Everyone welcome. Hope to see you there.

Suffolk Day 21st June 2017

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Wed, 21st Jun 2017

Library & Haven Café staff pictured with tempting offerings of books & cakes, were (l-r) Helen Collins, Wendy Jackson, Jenny Stiff, Myrtle Payne, Maggie Dixon, Audrey Woodley & Emma Maguire

In the Research area - standing Eric Chapman with sister Pamela & brother-in-law Paul Last. Seated Hav FH Gp helpers Barry Young & Gloria Callen.

Beneath the flag visitors John Baker &  Sheila Watson with Hav FH Gp helpers (l-r) Wilma Power, Karen Young, Denise Hartley & Alan Bumpstead

Haverhill Discovers the ABC of Suffolk Day

Baking temperatures were appropriate for visitors discovering the delights of Suffolk Ancestors, Books and of course Cakes at Haverhill Library, thanks to help from Suffolk Family History Society, Haverhill Group & the Haven Cafe next door.

On the ancestral trail were local man Eric Chapman, who discovered just where his ancestors were living in Withersfield nearly 200 years ago, while John Baker managed to extend his family tree back 4 generations from his grandfather making his visit here from South Africa very worthwhile.

A very successful & enjoyable first Suffolk Day


Armed Forces Day - 24th June 2017

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Wed, 21st Jun 2017

The Haverhill Family History Group, will have a display about how Haverhill supported the forces during the First and Second World Wars and will also have a tent with some activities for children all about code-breaking,

Other activities include:-

Marching bands and parades, military vehicles, a flag raising ceremony, exhibitions, 40s style music and dance and more ...

10.30am-11.30am Haverhill Choral Society – St Marys Church – singing a selection of WW1 & WW2 songs plus Karl
Jenkins Armed Man Choral Suite
St Mary’s Church Fete
11.00am-11.20am Sequence Dancing - Market Square
11.20am-11.50am AppleBlossom Vintage Trio – Market Square
11.45am Parade leaves Haverhill Arts Centre led by Bury St Edmunds Sea Cadet Band
11.55am Parade arrives at Haverhill Market Square
12.00 noon Flag-raising Ceremony led by Haverhill Town Mayor, Cllr David Roach
12.15pm-12.30pm Bury St Edmunds Sea Cadet Band – Haverhill Market Square
12.30pm-12.50pm Sequence Dancing – Market Square
1.15pm-2.00pm Apple Blossom Vintage Trio – Market Square
2.00pm-2.20pm Bury St Edmunds Sea Cadet Band – Market Square
5.00pm The Vera Lynn Story – Haverhill Arts Centre.

St Mary's Church Event

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Mon, 12th Jun 2017

A celebration of lives marked by Baptisms, Marriages & Burials at St Marys Church Haverhill was staged by members of the Church and Haverhill Family History Group. In the church, as well as a display of flowers, music, bell ringing and the opportunity to look at original registers, there were displays of weddings and baptisms gowns, posters and pictures. The Haverhill Family History Group also produced a presentation of old photographs kindly provided by our local History Group. Outside visitors and members of the Society also had the opportunity to witness demonstrations of how to read memorial inscriptions and have a go themselves to read the fast fading inscriptions on the 40 or so memorials, recently relocated for a 2nd time in a landscaped churchyard. Our thanks to our friends from the Sudbury Group, Sheila, Ann, Liz & Sue for guiding us over the two days.


Thurlow Blaze

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Tue, 2nd May 2017

The Haverhill Family History Group presents ‘THURLOW BLAZE - Arsonist in the family?’. Come along and witness the interesting tale of the blaze. Old Independent Church Hall, Haverhill on Thursday the 11th of May at 7.30pm. Members £1.00, Visitors £2.50 including refreshments. EVERYONE WELCOME.


09/09/2017OPEN DAY
OPEN DAY at Haverhill Library (CB9 8HB) 11am – 4pm
14/09/2017Making the World a better place
A light hearted ‘Balloon Debate’
12/10/2017The Victorian Ghost Hunter
Joint Meeting with Haverhill Local History Group
Andrew Selwyn-Crome
02/11/2017Trip to East Anglian Railway Museum and Tiptree Museum
Trip to East Anglian Railway Museum and Tiptree Museum. MUST BOOK
09/11/2017We Will Remember Them
Lives of the Men on Haverhill’s Methodist church war memorial
14/12/2017Christmas Quiz
A light-hearted social evening with refreshments


For further details on the programme you should contact

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

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

Group Contact

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

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


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