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 Thursday of 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 - April 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 01/08/2020 by B and C Thompson

News

Second Lieutenant Basil Raf Groom

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sat, 8th Aug 2020

Ipswich Soldier remembered by local man, Ernie Brett who is Haverhill's last surviving Far East Prisoner of War.
Haverhill Town Mayor, John Burns, laid a wreath at Ipswich War Memorial on behalf of Ernie.

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/ceremony-honours-ipswich-soldier-ahead-of-vj-day-1-6783969

Haverhill Group's August 2020 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sat, 1st Aug 2020

Haverhill Group's August 2020 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 

VJ DAY 75th ANNIVERSARY EVENT

Posted by B and C Thompson on Mon, 27th Jul 2020

Haverhill Family History Group remembers those who served in the Far East 1942-45.

Listen to the stories. Meet at Haverhill War Memorial in Haverhill Cemetery. Saturday afternoon 15th August 2020 (Time TBC on booking)
Due to the present situation and social distancing rules, numbers will be limited and MUST be booked in advance.. To secure a place Contact brian@suffolkfhs.co.uk

Haverhill Group's July 2020 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Tue, 30th Jun 2020

Haverhill Group's July 2020 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.

Remembering and Appreciating our service personnel

Posted by B and C Thompson on Wed, 24th Jun 2020

Follow this link.

www.facebook.com/HaverhillTownCouncil/videos/612440416349236

For more Armed Forces Day videos visit the Haverhill Family History Group facebook page:-

www.facebook.com/groups/921641634543949

Armed Forces Day 2020

Posted by B and C Thompson on Fri, 19th Jun 2020

Armed Forces Day 2020

This year we are collaborating with the Haverhill Town Council, marking Armed Forces Day (Saturday 27 June) a little differently...

In the past there have been  parades in the town centre and and events on the Market Square. This time, to make sure everyone stays safe and socially distanced, Haverhill Town Council have arranged for a military vehicle convoy to tour the streets of Haverhill.

So you can learn more about what it all means, we will publish some of the history and context of the day and how Haverhill fits into the national picture. You will be able to download activity sheets, see videos of the flag raising on Market Square, enjoy a special set from Disco Kitchen and hear a stirring performance from Haverhill Silver Band.

More details and a timetable will be published soon. Watch out for further posts on our facebook page. Please share with family and friends.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/921641634543949/

Haverhill Group's June 2020 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Mon, 1st Jun 2020

Haverhill Group's June 2020 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 VE Day 75

Posted by B and C Thompson on Tue, 5th May 2020

Haverhill VE Day 75 celebrations will still be a stirring affair - despite the impact of coronavirus

https://www.haverhillecho.co.uk/news/ve-day-75-celebrations-will-carry-on-in-a-virtual-fashion-9108352/?fbclid=IwAR1iwfM6B4IrLVT7EiwObO9JinodWVNWyJsz65Q5zBpYMDBgHEputJi7gR0

Here's a challenge for May.

Posted by B and C Thompson on Mon, 4th May 2020

Can you gain 10 stars?........click on the link

https://suffolkfhs.co.uk/files/a1487b14ee4a7adcbb80cd48354f37a8.pdf

Haverhill Group's May 2020 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Fri, 1st May 2020

Haverhill Group's May 2020 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

Events

DateDetailsSpeaker
11/06/2020Pie ā€˜nā€™ Mash & Prefabs - CANCELLED
A Haverhill Festival event - AT HAVERHILL ARTS CENTRE
Norman Jacobs
09/07/2020Village walk - Cavendish - CANCELLED
MUST BOOK
16/07/2020Trip to Moot Hall & Combined Military Services Museum Maldon - CANCELLED
MUST BOOK
10/09/2020The Foundlings - CANCELLED
Ruth Miller
17/09/2020Evening trip to Ridgewell Museum - CANCELLED
MUST BOOK
19/09/2020Open Day (Virtual - See Facebook page or News)
Haverhill Library (CB9 8HB) 10am ā€“ 3pm
08/10/2020The History of Spoken English - CANCELLED
Joint Meeting with Haverhill L/H Group
Charlie Haylock
12/11/2020Mistletoe & Myths
Mike Wabe
10/12/2020Christmas Quiz
A light-hearted social evening with refreshments
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

August Newsletter 2020 (.pdf) - Uploaded 01/08/2020
July Newsletter 2020 (.pdf) - Uploaded 30/06/2020
June Newsletter 2020 (.pdf) - Uploaded 01/06/2020
10 stars to publish (.pdf) - Uploaded 04/05/2020
May Newsletter 2020 (.pdf) - Uploaded 01/05/2020
Chairmans Report 2020 (.docx) - Uploaded 27/04/2020
April Newsletter 2020 (.pdf) - Uploaded 31/03/2020
March Newsletter 2020 (.pdf) - Uploaded 02/03/2020
February Newsletter 2020 (.pdf) - Uploaded 31/01/2020
January Newsletter 2020 (.pdf) - Uploaded 01/01/2020
Chairmans Report 2019 (.pdf) - Uploaded 10/05/2019