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 - December 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)

Contact

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

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

Last Modified on 01/01/2021 by B and C Thompson

News

Nursery Rhymes - They are not all what they seem!

Posted by B and C Thompson on Tue, 26th Jan 2021

We recently had the pleasure of presenting our talk 'Nursery Rhymes - They are not all what they seem!' to members of the Haverhill U3A using the Zoom platform. Well over 50 people joined us for this presentation which was well received. My thanks to all our members that took part in the presentation.

We are repeating the performance on our normal meeting night Thursday 11th February at 7.30pm. Register for the talk by clicking this link:-

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwkdOitrjMiHNfFVOb0P-h8tu1DQD1g7EvR

Research your Family Tree

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sun, 24th Jan 2021

Following our succesful Zoom presentation 'HOW TO CLIMB YOUR FAMILY TREE'  we have programmed a series of Zoom meetings every Thursday at 2.30pm starting on the 4th February to help with Family History research. More details will follow on facebook and/or in our monthly newsletter.

HOW TO CLIMB YOUR FAMILY TREE

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sat, 2nd Jan 2021

HOW TO CLIMB YOUR FAMILY TREE - Saturday 23rd Jan 2021 at 3pm

If you are just starting out or perhaps you need a bit of inspiration, why not join this on line presentation via the Zoom Platform.

Email  brian@suffolkfhs.co.uk for the link to join which will be emailed back a couple of days before the event.

To attend a "Zoom" meeting, you will need to install Zoom on your computer, tablet or mobile device. Do not be put off, it is a simple task.

Haverhill Group's January 2021 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Fri, 1st Jan 2021

Haverhill Group's January 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.

Christmas Quiz

Posted by B and C Thompson on Fri, 11th Dec 2020

We were pleased to be able to host our annual fun Christmas quiz on the Zoom platform. Many thanks to all those from the Haverhill Group that joined in the fun and in particular our friends from the Bury and Sudbury groups who also supported the event. More than anything it was nice to hear the 'banter' again.

Haverhill Roll of Honour

Posted by B and C Thompson on Tue, 8th Dec 2020

Tributes for the WW2 Foreign Airmen who are buried in Haverhill Cemetery have been added to our Roll of Honour. You can read them by following this link: Haverhill Remembers Foreign Airmen buried here - SFHS - Suffolk Family History Society (suffolkfhs.co.uk)

Haverhill Group's December 2020 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Mon, 30th Nov 2020

Haverhill Group's December 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.

750 members on Facebook

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sun, 29th Nov 2020

I am pleased to say that we have hit the 750 member milestone on Facebook. Looking forward to reaching 1000!

 Haverhill Family History Group

Haverhill Group's November 2020 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sun, 1st Nov 2020

Haverhill Group's November 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.

Christmas and Ghost Stories

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sat, 3rd Oct 2020

In place of our normal November meeting on the 12th November at 7.30pm, Mike Wabe has agreed to present his talk ‘Christmas and Ghost Stories’ virtually on the Zoom platform.
Those who have heard Mike before will know that he is extremely entertaining and I am sure this presentation will be equally so. ‘Ghost stories are not just for Halloween. Remember, it is a long tradition that ghost stories are told at Christmas time too. Mike will mix a series of ghost stories with some heart-warming Christmas stories too. He will ensure that you are entertained, as well as alternately happy and shivery!’
To see Mike’s presentation please email Andy Kerridge at membership@suffolkfhs.org.uk and he will send out details of how to join two days before the event. (PLEASE NOTE:- Only Suffolk Family History Society members can apply). Not a member? It is not too late to join via the Suffolk Family History Society website.

Events

DateDetailsSpeaker
23/01/2021Open Day - HOW TO CLIMB YOUR FAMILY TREE - Online via Zoom
Zoom presentation for those starting out in Family History 3pm
Ourselves
11/02/2021Nursery Rhymes - They are not all what they seem! - Online via Zoom
Ourselves
11/03/2021Innkeepers and Gamekeepers: Tracing My Wandering Ancestors
Kate traced her ancestors back from Retford in Nottinghamshire, to Haverhill, in Suffolk and a story of gamekeepers, cricket matches, aristocratic employers and some very nice country estates began to unfold.
Kate Hurst
13/05/2021AGM followed by (TBC)
Ourselves
10/06/2021Pie 'n' Mash & Prefabs
Norman Jacobs
18/09/2021Open Day
at Haverhill Library (CB9 8HB) 10am – 3pm (TBC)
Ourselves
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

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