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 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

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


Click Here to download our latest news.


FHF Newsletter - Family History Federation - September 2020 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 01/09/2020 by B and C Thompson


Virtual Open Day - Saturday 19th September

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sun, 6th Sep 2020

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Virtual Open Day - ADVANCE NOTICE
Normally in September we hold the second of our two annual open days where we assist members of the public with their research issues. Whether it is a ‘brick wall’ they have encountered or whether they are just starting out in their quest to research their family history.
Due to Covid-19 this will not take place this year. Not to be deterred our brilliant team of helpers/researchers have stepped in to save the day!
We will be offering the opportunity for people to post queries on our facebook page or via email to brian@suffolkfhs.co.uk on Saturday the 19th September.

Haverhill Group's September 2020 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sat, 5th Sep 2020

Haverhill Group's September 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 

WW2 Roll of Honour Presentation

Posted by B and C Thompson on Mon, 31st Aug 2020

The Haverhill Family History Group began their research into the lives of Haverhill casualties of WW1 and WW2 who are remembered on the Memorial in Haverhill several years ago. In light of new information that became available about their service experiences, an updated version for those who perished in World War One was recently published. We are pleased to announce that on the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War, an updated version of the Roll of Honour commemorating the lives of the 38 people who lost their lives 1939 – 1945 has also been completed.

Joan and Jeanette Key who were instrumental in the development of the Rolls of Honour recently presented this to the Mayor of Haverhill, John Burns.

We are extremely grateful for the great work completed by all our researchers and also to family members for the information and treasured photographs provided by them for these tributes. We also recognise and value the contribution of others who responded to our queries and provided information that we would not have been able to gather locally.

 However, we have not found photographs for all the casualties and our search for these continues. If you are able to help with a photograph or indeed any further information please email brian@suffolkfhs.co.uk or call 07808922850.

VJ75 Walk/Talk at the Haverhill Cemetery.

Posted by B and C Thompson on Mon, 24th Aug 2020

Due to the predicted poor weather forecast this event had to be hastily re-arranged from the 15th to the 22nd August, one week later. However this gave us the opportunity of having two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Because of restrictions in organising events this was restricted to ten people for each session so that social distancing could be observed.

 The talk focused on events in the Far East and to remember those men from Haverhill who found themselves there in 1942. The story was told of what happened the 18th Division was mobilised and of what the men experienced.


To watch the VJ75 Day walk and talk, conducted with Covid restrictions click here:-


Haverhill VJ75 Memorial Event - August 2020

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sat, 15th Aug 2020

Follow the link to watch the event:-


August (Special VJ Day edition) 2020 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Thu, 13th Aug 2020

Haverhill Group's August (Special VJ Day edition) 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.

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.
To watch the video of the event follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYb-lfESYog&feature=youtu.be
EADT report:


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 


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.


11/06/2020Pie ā€˜nā€™ Mash & Prefabs - CANCELLED
A Haverhill Festival event - AT HAVERHILL ARTS CENTRE
Norman Jacobs
09/07/2020Village walk - Cavendish - CANCELLED
16/07/2020Trip to Moot Hall & Combined Military Services Museum Maldon - CANCELLED
10/09/2020The Foundlings - CANCELLED
Ruth Miller
17/09/2020Evening trip to Ridgewell Museum - CANCELLED
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


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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