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 - 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 31/01/2019 by B and C Thompson

News

March Meeting

Posted by B and C Thompson on Wed, 20th Feb 2019

Everyone is welcome to our next meeting when we be entertained by Gill Blanchard who will presenting her talk on  researching buildings

Old Independent Church Hall Thursday 14 March at 7.30pm

Haverhill Group's February 2019 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Thu, 31st Jan 2019

Haverhill Group's January 2019 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.

February 2019 meeting

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sun, 27th Jan 2019

Haverhill at Work Project

Posted by B and C Thompson on Wed, 16th Jan 2019

Haverhill was an expansion town and our occupational oral history project sought to capture a portrait of the town's workforce during and post expansion, recording the employment experiences of those with both long and new town roots. Visit the Projects page or click the link here to the Suffolk Family History Society web site to watch a compilation of the interviews played to an invited audience in 2017

https://suffolkfhs.co.uk/index.php/projects/display/103

January 2019 Open Day

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Sun, 6th Jan 2019

Are you researching your family history?

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 26 January 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? We are extremely fortunate to have the support of local professional genealogists Karen Cummings who 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.

There’s also free access to Ancestry, Find My Past and many more resources. All areas covered, Nationally and Internationally not just Haverhill and Suffolk. No booking is required.

If you are a complete beginner and would like to take up this fascinating hobby we will be holding a short ‘introduction to family history’ talk at 11am. There will be plenty of time afterwards to start your research afterwards with help from our friendly research team. For further information please email haverhillfhg@suffolkfhs.co.uk or call 07808 922850

Haverhill Group's January 2019 Newsletter

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Mon, 31st Dec 2018

Haverhill Group's January 2019 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.

Annual Christmas Quiz

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Sun, 16th Dec 2018

Another great turnout for the Annual fun Christmas Quiz which included a bumper raffle.

Congratulations to our friends from the Sudbury who were overall victors.

    

Haverhill Group's December 2018 Newsletter

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

Haverhill Group's December 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.

Bury Branch Quiz

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Fri, 23rd Nov 2018

Following an invitation to join the Bury Branch annual quiz we sent two teams and although not victorious everyone had an enjoyable evening. 

The ‘A’ team of Debbie, Rosemary, David and Pauline (below) came a creditable third  

Whilst the ‘B’ team Tony, Charmian, Annette, Glyn, Brian and Madeleine (above) needed all their strength to prop up all the other teams!  A very enjoyable evening.

Many thanks to all those from the Bury branch for making us welcome and organising the quiz.

Haverhill: Armistice 100: Display

Posted by Brian & Charmian Thompson on Mon, 5th Nov 2018

Our 'What did your Ancestor do during the Great War' display is now ready to view at the Haverhill Arts Centre and will be up throughout the month of November (6th – 30th). This display features many interesting stories of what our Ancestors did during the Great War.
We also have an exhibition in the History Centre throughout November to complement the display and one in the Arts Centre Studio on the 9th,10th,12th November 10am-4pm and 13th November 10am-12noon.

Events

DateDetailsSpeaker
14/03/2019Researching buildings
Gill Blanchard
11/04/2019That Rings a Bell - The history of the Town Crier
Mike Wabe
09/05/2019AGM and Presentation 'Regency Bury Low Life'
Kevin Pulford
16/05/2019Trip - West Stow and Mildenhall Museum
Must Book
13/06/2019The Rise and Fall of the English Seaside
Haverhill Festival event
Tony Kirby
05/07/2019Trip - Much Hadham Forge Museum
Must Book
11/07/2019Guided Village Walk - Balsham
Must Book
12/09/2019Carnival! Drama and Popular Protest in Medieval Suffolk
Kate Jewell
19/09/2019Trip - Museum of power
Must Book
21/09/2019OPEN DAY
Haverhill Library (CB9 8HB) 10am – 3pm
10/10/2019Witches & Witch Hunting in East Anglia
Joint Meeting with Haverhill L/H Group
Mike Wabe
14/11/2019The Parish Chest – Frolic, Fervour & Fornication
Pip Wright
12/12/2019Christmas Quiz
A light-hearted social evening with refreshments

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