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 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

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 01/06/2020 by B and C Thompson

News

Haverhill Group's June 2020 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Mon, 1st Jun 2020

Haverhill Group's June 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

Haverhill VE Day 75

Posted by B and C Thompson on Tue, 5th May 2020

Haverhill VE Day 75 celebrations will still be a stirring affair - despite the impact of coronavirus

https://www.haverhillecho.co.uk/news/ve-day-75-celebrations-will-carry-on-in-a-virtual-fashion-9108352/?fbclid=IwAR1iwfM6B4IrLVT7EiwObO9JinodWVNWyJsz65Q5zBpYMDBgHEputJi7gR0

Here's a challenge for May.

Posted by B and C Thompson on Mon, 4th May 2020

Can you gain 10 stars?........click on the link

https://suffolkfhs.co.uk/files/a1487b14ee4a7adcbb80cd48354f37a8.pdf

Haverhill Group's May 2020 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Fri, 1st May 2020

Haverhill Group's May 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

Chairman's report 2020

Posted by B and C Thompson on Mon, 27th Apr 2020

Due to the postponement of the 2020 AGM until later in the year, here is a preview of the Chairman's report.

Chairman's report for 2020

VE Day 75 in (lockdown) Haverhill

Posted by B and C Thompson on Tue, 21st Apr 2020

Haverhill Town Council

On 8th May 2020 it will be 75 years since the end of WW2 in Europe. Under normal circumstances we had planned to honour the significance of the day with a series of events and community celebrations but our plans have obviously had to change. Instead we are pleased to introduce:

VE Day 75 in (lockdown) Haverhill

Watch out for posts with ideas and recipes so you can mark the occasion in your own home. Invoke some of that famous Blitz spirit and have your own stay safe, stay at home VE Day party!

At 3.00pm on 8th May, the Mayor of Haverhill John Burns will be online to lead a virtual toast to the heroes of World War II. Please join in by going to the Haverhill Town Council Facebook page and don’t forget to tell your friends and family about it.

Let’s flood social media with pictures of Haverhill celebrating VE Day 75.

April (Virtual) Meeting

Posted by B and C Thompson on Tue, 7th Apr 2020

Instead of our normal monthly meeting this week we will be hosting a virtual meeting, on our facebook page, whereby you will have the opportunity to take part in a balloon debate. This will be posted at 3pm on 09.04.2020 and left on indefinitely to give everyone an opportunity to take part

https://www.facebook.com/groups/921641634543949/

Coronavirus Update

Posted by B and C Thompson on Thu, 2nd Apr 2020

Please note that our June meeting has also been cancelled.

Haverhill Group's April 2020 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Tue, 31st Mar 2020

Haverhill Group's April 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.

Coronavirus

Posted by B and C Thompson on Tue, 17th Mar 2020

Please note that our April and May meetings have been cancelled.

Events

DateDetailsSpeaker
21/05/2020Trip to Museum of Technology - Cambridge TBC
MUST BOOK
11/06/2020Pie ā€˜nā€™ Mash & Prefabs - CANCELLED
A Haverhill Festival event - AT HAVERHILL ARTS CENTRE
Norman Jacobs
09/07/2020Village walk - Cavendish - TBC
MUST BOOK
16/07/2020Trip to Moot Hall & Combined Military Services Museum Maldon - TBC
MUST BOOK
10/09/2020The Foundlings
Ruth Miller
17/09/2020Evening trip to Ridgewell Museum
MUST BOOK
19/09/2020Open Day (TBC)
Haverhill Library (CB9 8HB) 10am ā€“ 3pm
08/10/2020The History of Spoken English
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
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

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)

Chauntry Mills - Employers and Employees (2019) 

Who Lived Here? (2020)

                                                                      

 

Files

June Newsletter 2020 (.pdf) - Uploaded 01/06/2020
10 stars to publish (.pdf) - Uploaded 04/05/2020
May Newsletter 2020 (.pdf) - Uploaded 01/05/2020
Chairmans Report 2020 (.docx) - Uploaded 27/04/2020
April Newsletter 2020 (.pdf) - Uploaded 31/03/2020
March Newsletter 2020 (.pdf) - Uploaded 02/03/2020
February Newsletter 2020 (.pdf) - Uploaded 31/01/2020
January Newsletter 2020 (.pdf) - Uploaded 01/01/2020
Chairmans Report 2019 (.pdf) - Uploaded 10/05/2019