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 - May 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 03/09/2021 by B and C Thompson

News

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.

'Join Up' day

Posted by B and C Thompson on Fri, 16th Jul 2021

Looking forward to taking part in Haverhill's 'Join Up' day on the Market Square, Haverhill on 17th July 2021 10.30am to 2.30pm. 

May be an image of text that says "SUMMER SATURDAYS ?* SUNDAYS ?? Saturday 17 July 10.30am to 2.30pm Join-up Day After the pandemic closed things down, now organisations and groups are opening up again. Find out about the ange of activities you can sign up to in town. Market Square, Haverhill Haverhill Volunteer Centre"

Haverhill Group's July 2021 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Wed, 30th Jun 2021

Haverhill Group's July 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.

Haverhill Show

Posted by B and C Thompson on Wed, 30th Jun 2021

We will be at the Haverhill Show on the Recreation Ground on 4th July 2021. Why not come and visit us in the 'Red Gazebo' if you are in the area.

 A great day and a VIP vistor the Mayor Liz Smith

Haverhill celebrates Armed Forces Day

Posted by B and C Thompson on Wed, 23rd Jun 2021

The Haverhill Group have been involved behind the scenes with the organisation of Armed Forces Day on Saturday the 26th June 2021. In addition to side stalls, music and refreshments available, there will  also a spectacular Military Vehicle Parade to mark the Day. Come and visit us in our red gazebo!

 

Haverhill Group's June 2021 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Mon, 31st May 2021

Haverhill Group's June 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.

The Story of a Suffolk Bevin Boy

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sat, 15th May 2021

The Story of a Suffolk Bevin Boy With Barbara McElroy - 10th June 7.30pm

Barbara tells the wartime story of her Bevin Boy father who was called up by ballot to go into the mines, leaving a rural background to go underground for over three years. The story is set against the context of the Bevin Boys Scheme and includes many personal anecdotes and memories from her father and other Bevin Boys.

To join us please register in advance by clicking here - 

 https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0tduCrpzosHte0duxDyFVlmWUNaQWBUiU7

Note:- Bevin Boys were young British men conscripted to work in the coal mines of the United Kingdom, between December 1943 and March 1948, in order to increase the rate of coal production, which had declined through the early years of World War II. The programme was named after Ernest Bevin, a former trade union official and then British Labour Party politician who was Minister of Labour and National Service in the wartime coalition government.

Events

DateDetailsSpeaker
14/10/2021The History of' 'An Extraordinary Man': the life and times of Walter Guinness, Lord Moyne of Bury St Edmunds
Joint Meeting with Haverhill L/H Group
Adrian Tindall
11/11/2021Who we are; CWGC History
Hear about the important work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its educational charity, the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation.
Sophie Newton
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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