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 - November 2021 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 29/11/2021 by B and C Thompson

News

Haverhill Group's November 2021 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Mon, 1st Nov 2021

Haverhill Group's November 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.

November Meeting - The work of the CWGC

Posted by B and C Thompson on Thu, 28th Oct 2021

On Thursday 11th November in the Old Independent Church, Haverhill at 7.30pm the Family History (Haverhill) Group are hosting a presentation by Sophie Newton, who is going to speak about the important work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

 The Commonwealth War Graves Commission honour and care for the men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars, ensuring they will never be forgotten. Whilst this work is now recognised in over 23,000 locations around the world, its early days were characterised by difficult and often controversial decisions. Sophie Newton, Public Engagement Coordinator (East) for the Commission, invites you to learn more about how the CWGC helped shape remembrance as we know it and how their work continues to this day.

Haverhill’s Roll of Honour for the casualties of the First and Second World Wars will be on display as will the new Roll of Honour for the Foreign Airmen who are buried in the Haverhill Cemetery. We are striving to complete the Roll of Honour for the British Airmen that are also buried here.

 Everyone is welcome to join us, for what will I am sure, be a very interesting evening.

2021 Exhibition

Posted by B and C Thompson on Mon, 11th Oct 2021

More pictures of our 2021 exhibition opening night courtesy of Margaret Marks.

                                                    

                        LtoR Charles Gurteen and Councillors David Smith, Elaine McManus, Tony Brown

                                                                        

     LtoR Charmian Thompson (Secretary), Brian Thompson (Chairman), Margaret Marks, Chair of West Suffolk Council

2021 Exhibition

Posted by B and C Thompson on Fri, 8th Oct 2021

Haverhill Group's 'Who Lived Here' exhibition was officially opened by our local Town Mayor Liz Smith in front of 35 invited guests at the Haverhill Arts Centre. This year we focused on local buildings and the interesting stories of those who lived there. If you cannot visit the Arts Centre the posters are available to view on our Projects page. Our thanks to all the researchers and the Local Town Council who supported the event.

    

Haverhill Group's October 2021 Newsletter

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

Haverhill Group's October 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.

October Meeting

Posted by B and C Thompson on Thu, 23rd Sep 2021

Our September meeting is at the Old Independent Church Hall in Haverhill on Thursday the 14th October at 7.30pm.

'An Extraordinary Man': the life and times of Walter Guinness, Lord Moyne of Bury St Edmunds with Adrian Tindall

Members £1, Visitors £2.50 inc. tea/coffee.

EVERYONE WELCOME

September Meeting

Posted by B and C Thompson on Fri, 3rd Sep 2021

We are really pleased and excited to announce that we are resuming our monthly meetings at the Old Independent Church Hall in Haverhill on Thursday the 9th September at 7.30pm.

Our first meeting since February 2020 we are extremely grateful to Norman Jacobs , who has agreed to present his long-awaited talk, Pie ‘n’ Mash & Prefabs.

Members £1, Visitors £2.50 inc. tea/coffee.

Haverhill Group's September 2021 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Fri, 3rd Sep 2021

Haverhill Group's September 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.

Wednesday afternoon help sessions are back! 

Posted by B and C Thompson on Fri, 27th Aug 2021

The Haverhill Family History Group is pleased to announce that their Wednesday afternoon help sessions are back! If you have an interest in beginning to research your family history or if you have been waiting patiently to carry on your investigations since the first lockdown, these two hour sessions will restart at 2pm on Wednesday 15th September 2021 in Haverhill Library.
These sessions will adhere to the Library’s Covid risk assessment which will reflect up to date government guidance. At this time we respectfully ask that if you are able to wear a facemask you should. The Library has sanitisation procedures in place and there is currently a one-way system in operation.
To reserve your place contact Haverhill Library who will manage all bookings. Simply drop in or call 01440 848095.

Haverhill Group's August 2021 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sat, 31st Jul 2021

Haverhill Group's August 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.

Events

DateDetailsSpeaker
09/12/2021Christmas Quiz
A light-hearted social evening with refreshments
Ourselves
06/01/2022Starting out in Family History
Online event via Zoom
Ourselves
13/01/2022Family in the News
Online presentation via Zoom
Ourselves
22/01/2022Open Day
at Haverhill Library (CB9 8HB) 10am – 3pm
Ourselves
10/02/2022The Burston School Strike
Bryan Thurlow
10/03/2022Nurse, Screens please!
Terry O'Donoghue
14/04/2022First
Group members to do a presentation on a 'First'
Ourselves
12/05/2022AGM followed by Who Wants To Be A Winner! (Light-hearted Gameshow)
Ourselves
09/06/2022Old Land Sea Songs and Tunes from East Anglia
An evening of song and music at Haverhill Arts Centre.
Harbour Lights Trio
08/09/2022The Festival of Britain
Geoffrey Kay
17/09/2022Open Day (TBC)
at Haverhill Library (CB9 8HB) 10am – 3pm (TBC)
Ourselves
13/10/2022To the Hammer Born
Confessions of an occasional Auctioneer
Stephen Poulter
10/11/2022A long way from home - Lest We Forget
Ourselves
08/12/2022Christmas 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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