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 702638 to book your place

Newsletter

Click Here to download our latest news.

Links

FFHS Newsletter - Federation of Family History Societies - Christmas 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 01/10/2017 by Brian & Charmian Thompson

News

Victorian Ghost Hunter - Thursday 12th October

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Sun, 8th Oct 2017

Just a reminder about our next meeting at the Old Independent Church Hall on Thursday 12th October at 7.30pm

 

Haverhill People Exhibition

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Wed, 4th Oct 2017

Over sixty invited guest attended the opening night of the 'Haverhill People' exhibition which runs until the 3rd of November 2017 at Haverhill Arts Centre. It was extremely pleasing to see our own Society Chairman Doug Howlett and Roots editor Geoff Dennish also there to support the Haverhill Group.

Haverhill Group's October 2017 Newsletter

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Sun, 1st Oct 2017

Haverhill Group's October  2017 Newsletter now available to view. 

Can be found at the bottom of the 'Events' page or follow the link on the 'Introduction' page.

Community Award

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Mon, 25th Sep 2017

  

John Burns (Left), Brian Thompson and Richard Hart (Right)

Richard Hart and I were delighted to receive from Borough Councillor John Burns, a Community Award, on behalf of the Haverhill Family History Group at a recent Town Council meeting. The award is given to groups or people in acknowledgement of their work in the Community. Everyone in our group should be extremely proud of this recognition and the part they play in our friendly and community minded group. Three other groups from the Town also received an award. Sadly Alan Bumpstead one our longest serving stalwarts was not available to be at the presentation, however I was pleased that Richard Hart one of our newest Committee members stepped in at the last minute to receive the award.

Brian Thompson (Chairman of the Haverhill Group) 

Haverhill Group Facebook page

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Mon, 18th Sep 2017

We now have over 250 members. Why not have a look. Visit  https://www.facebook.com/groups/921641634543949/

 

Making the World a better place

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Fri, 15th Sep 2017

An interesting and entertaining evening with our 'Balloon debate' at our recent meeting. With Mike Surridge as John Cadbury, Richard (in Character!) as Henry Cecil Booth, Pat Worthington as Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, David Pearse as 
Michael Marks and Rosemary Fletcher as Isabella Mayson (Mrs. Beeton). Every character described their life story and gave reasons why they should be spared being thrown overboard to save a 'sinking' balloon before the audience were given the opportunity to decide their fate. One had to go and on this occasion the ruthless crowd decided it was Mrs Beeton who had to jump! Thanks to everyone who took part and also to Mick Taylor who brought along many victorian artefacts to compliment the debate.

Open Day at Haverhill Library

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Sun, 10th Sep 2017

Another very successful open day at Haverhill library with many  people taking the opportunity to receive lots of help with their family history research. Many thanks to the staff at the library for all their help on the day and all the helpers from our Group. 

 

We also offer free help sessions at the library every Wednesday  between 2-4pm. Just call the library to book a place.

 

 

Haverhill Group's September 2017 Newsletter

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Thu, 7th Sep 2017

Haverhill Group's September 2017 Newsletter now available to view. 

Can be found at the bottom of the 'Events' page or follow the link on the 'Introduction' page.

Ramsey Rural Museum

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Thu, 10th Aug 2017

 

 

Charmian, Rosemary, Pauline and Beryl looking at one of the exhibits.

Basil and Richard discussing some of the many  items on display.

 

A great day at the  Ramsey Rural Museum in Huntingdonshire. Situated in open countryside on the edge of a small Fenland town the museum, housed in renovated 17th century farm buildings, is full of donated items and exhibits. Well worth a visit.

Haverhill Group's August 2017 Newsletter

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Tue, 1st Aug 2017

Haverhill Group's August 2017 Newsletter now available to view. 

Can be found at the bottom of the 'Events' page or follow the link on the 'Introduction' page.

Events

DateDetailsSpeaker
12/10/2017The Victorian Ghost Hunter
Joint Meeting with Haverhill Local History Group
Andrew Selwyn-Crome
02/11/2017Trip to East Anglian Railway Museum and Tiptree Museum
Trip to East Anglian Railway Museum and Tiptree Museum. MUST BOOK
09/11/2017We Will Remember Them
Lives of the Men on Haverhill’s Methodist church war memorial
14/12/2017Christmas 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

Files

FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY July 2017 Newsletter (.pdf) - Uploaded 01/07/2017
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