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 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

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


Click Here to download our latest news.


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)


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

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

Last Modified on 31/10/2017 by Brian & Charmian Thompson


Bury Group Annual Quiz

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Thu, 16th Nov 2017

We entered two teams into the Bury Branch Quiz. Not victorious on this occasion but it is the taking part that counts! Many thanks to our colleagues and friends in Bury for a very enjoyable evening.


We Will Remember Them

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Sat, 11th Nov 2017

The Haverhill Family History Group are hosted a ‘We Will Remember Them’ evening at the Haverhill Methodist Church on the 9th of November at 7.30pm. 
This special evening consisted of readings and visual displays remembering the fallen who are remembered at the Methodist Church together with memories of Haverhill and important events of the time. Music was performed by the Methodist Worship Band and also the St Mary’s Singers with special guests David and Chris Hart. A memorable and moving  evening, a full report will be in our next edition (December 2017) of our newsletter.


November trip

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Thu, 2nd Nov 2017

A great day out, visiting the East Anglian Railway Museum and then onwards to the Tiptree Jam Factory Museum. Both places well worth a visit.

Haverhill Group's November  2017 Newsletter

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Tue, 31st Oct 2017

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

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

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.


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


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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