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 - 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 02/09/2018 by Brian & Charmian Thompson

News

September Open Day

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Tue, 11th Sep 2018

What are your family roots?

Whether you are looking for a new pastime for the winter evenings or wanting to discover more about the ancestors on your family tree, the Haverhill Family History Group may be able help. The group is hosting an Open Day on Saturday 22 September in Haverhill Library. The event will run from 10am til 3pm so why not drop in to search the documents that are available to help you find out more about the lives of your ancestors? The group, which also runs an Open Day in January,  is extremely fortunate to have the support of two local professional genealogists and this time Karen Young will be available to help those who have come up against a brick wall.  The group’s own volunteers will also be on hand to help others with their research and whether you are just beginning or continuing, you can be assured of a warm welcome. No booking is required.

Haverhill Group's September 2018 Newsletter

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Sun, 2nd Sep 2018

Haverhill Group's September 2018 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.

Demystifying DNA

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Sat, 25th Aug 2018

Haverhill Family History Group are pleased to welcome local professional genealogist Dr. Karen Cummings to their next meeting. DNA testing is becoming more and more popular for those interested in “where they come from”, both for those who are avid family historians and those who have never conducted any family history research before. With a number of tests available it can quickly become confusing as to where to test and which test to take. Karen’s talk, Demystifying DNA, walks through the different tests available, what you can hope to learn from each test, and what to do with your results. Whether you have already had a test done or are contemplating having one in the future, it will be well worth joining us.

Thursday 13th Sept 2018 at Haverhill Old Independent Church Hall 7.30pm.   Everyone welcome.....

Visit to the East Anglian Life Museum

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Thu, 16th Aug 2018

Braving the ‘unseasonable’ weather we had the pleasure of spending the day visiting the amazing East Anglian Life Museum at Stowmarket. With such a lot on show we could probably have done with a couple more hours to see all the exhibits. One of the highlights was seeing the rope making machine which originally came from the old Rope works in Haverhill. Our thanks and gratitude are extended to Darren our guide for the day who was both entertaining and informative and of course to all the staff at the museum who made us most welcome.

 

 

Haverhill Group's August 2018 Newsletter

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Tue, 31st Jul 2018

Haverhill Group's August 2018 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.

Walk around Steeple Bumpstead

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Mon, 16th Jul 2018

We had a great guided walk around Steeple Bumpstead. Charmiane Slade led us around the vllage which had all sorts of interesting sights and stories. Not least the building that Edith Cavell stayed at whilst a governess to the four children of the Reverend Charles Powell. Dr. Robert Fleming, son of Alexander Fleming, also had a surgery in the village. To round off a really enjoyable evening we headed for the refreshments at the Fox and Hounds PH.  

Haverhill Group's July 2018 Newsletter

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Wed, 4th Jul 2018

Haverhill Group's July 2018 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.

Steeple Bumpstead History Day

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Tue, 3rd Jul 2018

Looking forward, with others from the Haverhill branch,  to helping out at the Steeple Bumpstead Community History Day. 

Demystifying-DNA 2

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Mon, 2nd Jul 2018

The second article by Karen Cummings on demystifying DNA

https://www.professionalfamilyhistory.co.uk/blog/2018/07/demystifying-dna-2-y-dna-tests/

If you missed the first article, it can be found here:-

https://www.professionalfamilyhistory.co.uk/blog/2018/06/demystifying-dna-1-introduction/

IF YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT DNA WHY NOT COME ALONG TO KAREN'S PRESENTATION AT THE OLD INDEPENDENT CHURCH HALL, HAVERHILL ON THURSDAY THE 13th SEPTEMBER 2018 AT 7.30PM

Haverhill Armed Forces Day

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Mon, 2nd Jul 2018

We had the pleasure of taking part in Armed Forces Day held at the market square in Haverhill. Besides the music, band and dancing there were children activities alongside the many groups who came along to support the event. It was great to meet the constant stream of visitors who came into our gazebo to look at our exhibition and meet the 'team'. Even the 'Phoenix Pipes and Drums' came and had a look but I suspect it was more to stand in the shade, it was a very hot day!

    

Events

DateDetailsSpeaker
13/09/2018Demystifying DNA
Old Independent Church Hall (CB9 9EF) at 7.30pm, members £1 visitors £2.50 inc. tea/coffee
Karen Cumings
22/09/2018OPEN DAY at Haverhill Library
OPEN DAY at Haverhill Library (CB9 8HB) 10am – 3pm For beginners and those who need help breaking down 'brick walls'
Ourselves
11/10/2018Dick Turpin - The man and the myth
Joint Meeting with Haverhill Local History Group. Old Independent Church Hall (CB9 9EF) at 7.30pm, members £1 visitors £2.50 inc. tea/coffee
Stephen Poulter
10/11/2018We Will Remember Them – Remembering the end of the war
At Haverhill Old Independent Church, 7.00pm This event will be supported by local music and drama groups.
Ourselves
13/12/2018Christmas Quiz
Old Independent Church Hall (CB9 9EF) at 7.30pm, members £1 visitors £2.50 inc. 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)

                                                                              

 

Files

FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY July 2017 Newsletter (.pdf) - Uploaded 01/07/2017
FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY June 2017 Newsletter (.pdf) - Uploaded 05/06/2017
FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY May 2017 Newsletter (.pdf) - Uploaded 02/05/2017