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 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

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 - January 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 29/09/2019 by B and C Thompson

News

Open Day - 12 October 2019

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sun, 6th Oct 2019

Are you researching your family history?

Do you need help?

Come along to our open day at Haverhill Library on Saturday the 12 October 10am-3pm.

Our researchers are on hand to help out.

All areas covered not just Haverhill or Suffolk.

Witches & Witch Hunting in East Anglia

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sun, 6th Oct 2019

Witches & Witch Hunting in East Anglia with Mike Wabe
Joint Meeting with Haverhill L/H Group
Magic is one of those subjects that interest everyone, even if it is only a passing interest. Witches have always been associated with magic, so discover how a witch hunting mania swept through East Anglia.
Hear how this man, Matthew Hopkins, spread terror amongst the populace and learn how he caused the deaths of so many women, although there were some men as well.
Discover when the witch craze finally ended (or has it?) and see what you can do to protect yourself from a witch's spell.
At the Old Independent Church Hall (Haverhill) 10th October 2019 at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome.

2019 Exhibition - Chauntry Mills – Employers and E

Posted by B and C Thompson on Wed, 2nd Oct 2019

The Haverhill Family History Group’s annual exhibition will be open to view during October in the Arts Centre. Entitled ‘Chauntry Mills – Employers and Employees’ the exhibition tracks the rise of weaving in Haverhill and the growth of the business that became known as D Gurteen & Sons at Chauntry Mills. It focuses on the lives of people whose images were captured in employer and employee photographs from company archives.
The business known as Chauntry Mills is located at the very heart of Haverhill. It has provided employment for the people of the town and surrounding villages since the first factory was opened in 1856 to produce drabbet. For many years during Queen Victoria’s reign it was the principal employer and by 1900 approximately 2500 of the town’s population of 4800 were working there. The business has been owned and run by the same family, passing from father to son(s) in an unbroken line since its establishment. It still operates today.
We are extremely grateful to Mr Christopher Gurteen who has kindly agreed to loan items from his personal collection for a display that will complement our posters. These can be viewed in the Local History Centre during their normal opening times, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings 10am to 12 and Saturdays from 10.30am to 3.30pm or by prior appointment. PLEASE NOTE Centre closed on Wednesday the 9th October due to school workshops.

Haverhill Group's October 2019 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sun, 29th Sep 2019

Haverhill Group's October 2019 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.

Suffolk Family History Society Fair 2019

Posted by B and C Thompson on Tue, 17th Sep 2019

Pictures from the research area at the recent SFHS Fair. Once again this proved popular, particularly the talk given, by our own Secretary Charmian Thompson, to beginners or those who have recently started out in their quest to delve into family history. So popular was the talk that two sessions were swiftly arranged to accommodate everyone.

 Many thanks to all those from our group and Shelia from the Sudbury Group who helped to make it another successful event.

September meeting

Posted by B and C Thompson on Thu, 5th Sep 2019

          Haverhill Old Independent Church Hall (members £1; visitors £2.50 inc. tea/coffee).

Haverhill Group's September 2019 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sun, 1st Sep 2019

Haverhill Group's August 2019 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 Group's August 2019 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Thu, 1st Aug 2019

Haverhill Group's August 2019 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
10/10/2019Witches & Witch Hunting in East Anglia
Joint Meeting with Haverhill L/H Group
Mike Wabe
12/10/2019OPEN DAY
Haverhill Library (CB9 8HB) 10am – 3pm
14/11/2019The Parish Chest – Frolic, Fervour & Fornication
Pip Wright
12/12/2019Christmas Quiz
A light-hearted social evening with refreshments

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

Group Projects

Haverhill Roll of Honour 

Haverhill Roll of Honour (World War 1)

Haverhill Roll of Honour (World War 2)

Haverhill Roll of Honour (Other Conflicts)

(If you have any information/photos of Haverhill casualties please contact haverhill@suffolkfhs.org.uk)

Haverhill at Work Project (2016-17)

Haverhill People Project (2017)

Reflections (2018)

Haverhill Remembers - Lest We Forget November 2018

                                                                          

 

Files

Chairmans Report 2019 (.pdf) - Uploaded 10/05/2019