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

FHF Newsletter - Family History Federation - May 2021 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 31/05/2021 by B and C Thompson

News

Haverhill Group's June 2021 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Mon, 31st May 2021

Haverhill Group's June 2021 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.

The Story of a Suffolk Bevin Boy

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sat, 15th May 2021

The Story of a Suffolk Bevin Boy With Barbara McElroy - 10th June 7.30pm

Barbara tells the wartime story of her Bevin Boy father who was called up by ballot to go into the mines, leaving a rural background to go underground for over three years. The story is set against the context of the Bevin Boys Scheme and includes many personal anecdotes and memories from her father and other Bevin Boys.

To join us please register in advance by clicking here - 

 https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0tduCrpzosHte0duxDyFVlmWUNaQWBUiU7

Note:- Bevin Boys were young British men conscripted to work in the coal mines of the United Kingdom, between December 1943 and March 1948, in order to increase the rate of coal production, which had declined through the early years of World War II. The programme was named after Ernest Bevin, a former trade union official and then British Labour Party politician who was Minister of Labour and National Service in the wartime coalition government.

Story of William Wakeling Boreham

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sat, 8th May 2021

William Wakeling Boreham, one of the most important, influential people in Haverhill during the first half of the nineteenth century. A Landowner, Brewer, Farmer J.P., he was also an eminent astronomer with interest in archaeology and the arts. He will best be remembered in Haverhill for his contribution to the welfare and education of the young people of the town.

Listen to his story on Thursday 13th May at 7.30pm. A free talk, open to members and non members alike. To join us please register in advance by clicking here - https://us02web.zoom.us/.../tZ0kcuutpz8iGNTlilrBIkF26azl...

Chairman's report 2021

Posted by B and C Thompson on Thu, 6th May 2021

For obvious reasons it has not been practicle for the Haverhill Group to hold their AGM. I have therefore attached my Chairman's report for the past year and can be downloaded by clicking this link:-

a2923907b87585bb64b591708fd5e340.pdf (suffolkfhs.co.uk)

Brian Thompson (Chairman)

Haverhill Group's May 2021 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sun, 2nd May 2021

Haverhill Group's May 2021 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.

HIDDEN IN PLAIN VIEW

Posted by B and C Thompson on Thu, 22nd Apr 2021

THE LAST IN THE PRESENT SERIES, THE HAVERHILL FAMILY HISTORY GROUP’S RESEARCH/HELP SESSION, IS ON THURSDAY 29th APRIL AT 2.30PM WITH A PRE-RECORDED PRESENTATION ‘HIDDEN IN PLAIN VIEW’ WITH MIA BENNETT.
Hidden in Plain View looks at free online sources that are often overlooked in preference for the main commercial genealogy websites. It considers alternative sources of information for common record types and suggests some more unusual sources. It identifies some hidden records on popular websites and should give you ideas about where else to search as you expand your hunt for information about ancestor’s lives.
THESE POPULAR FREE ‘ZOOM’ EVENTS ARE OPEN TO ALL. EVERYONE IS WELCOME. REGISTER BY CLICKING HERE:-

BREAKING DOWN BRICK WALLS

Posted by B and C Thompson on Fri, 16th Apr 2021

THE HAVERHILL FAMILY HISTORY GROUP’S NEXT RESEARCH/HELP SESSION IS ON THURSDAY 22ND APRIL AT 2.30PM WITH A PRE-RECORDED PRESENTATION TO HELP ‘BREAKING DOWN BRICK WALLS’ WITH MARK BAYLEY.

All genealogists have brick walls—those long-standing questions that we can’t seem to find answers to. This presentation will give some starting points and tips for helpful tools and techniques you might use.

THESE POPULAR FREE ‘ZOOM’ EVENTS ARE OPEN TO ALL. EVERYONE IS WELCOME. REGISTER BY CLICKING HERE:- https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctdeyprjopHdZsfyV8rJZm5ZcOeqWycE7c

Ancestry Top Tips and Hot Keys – Genealogy Gems

Posted by B and C Thompson on Fri, 9th Apr 2021

The Family History Group in Haverhill resume their series of research help sessions on the 15th April at 2.30pm with a pre-recorded presentation ‘Ancestry Top Tips and Hot Keys – Genealogy Gems’.

Join us to listen to Lisa Louise Cooke who will explain how to make the most out of your family history research time by providing quick and easy to use research techniques on Ancestry.

THESE POPULAR FREE ‘ZOOM’ EVENTS ARE OPEN TO ALL. EVERYONE IS WELCOME. REGISTER BY CLICKING HERE:- https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkduisrjgrEtIxyfPL90euxAIf3WPfwYUJ

 

THE HISTORIC BELLS OF OLD LONDON TOWN

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sat, 3rd Apr 2021

THURSDAY 8TH APRIL 7.30PM. A FREE TALK, OPEN TO MEMBERS AND NON MEMBERS ALIKE.

LISTEN TO MANY INTERESTING HISTORICAL STORIES, MANY OF WHICH HAVE A LOCAL CONNECTION.

TO JOIN US PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE BY CLICKING HERE - 

HTTPS://US02WEB.ZOOM.US/.../TZMKDE-TQZOPHNYP5AMMGU...

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‘SOCIAL HISTORY FOR GENEALOGISTS’

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sat, 27th Mar 2021

WE CONTINUE OUR SERIES OF RESEARCH HELP SESSIONS WITH A PRE-RECORDED PRESENTATION ‘SOCIAL HISTORY FOR GENEALOGISTS’ ON THE 1ST APRIL AT 2.30PM 

JOIN US TO LISTEN TO MICHAELA HULME WHO WILL EXPLAIN HOW TO ADD HISTORICAL CONTEXT TO YOUR FAMILY TREE.

THESE POPULAR FREE ‘ZOOM’ EVENTS ARE OPEN TO ALL. EVERYONE IS WELCOME. REGISTER BY CLICKING HERE

Events

DateDetailsSpeaker
13/05/2021AGM followed by The Story of William Wakeling Boreham
FREE EVENT for members and non-members. Zoom Presentation
Ourselves
10/06/2021The Bevin Boys
FREE EVENT for members and non-members. Zoom Presentation
Barbara McElroy
08/07/2021Bits and Pieces
FREE EVENT for members and non-members. Zoom Presentation. Short stories from our own members on a variety of subjects.
Ourselves
09/09/2021Pie & Mash & Prefabs
Norman Jacobs
18/09/2021Open Day
at Haverhill Library (CB9 8HB) 10am – 3pm (TBC)
Ourselves
14/10/2021The History of Spoken English
Joint Meeting with Haverhill L/H Group
Charlie Haylock
09/12/2021Christmas 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

June Newsletter 2021 mk2 (.pdf) - Uploaded 31/05/2021
May2021ReallyUsefulBulletin (.pdf) - Uploaded 17/05/2021
Chairmans Report 2021 (.pdf) - Uploaded 06/05/2021
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