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 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

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 02/03/2020 by B and C Thompson

News

Coronavirus

Posted by B and C Thompson on Tue, 17th Mar 2020

Please note that our April and May meetings have been cancelled.

Haverhill Group's March 2020 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Mon, 2nd Mar 2020

Haverhill Group's March 2020 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.

More to it than brick

Posted by B and C Thompson on Tue, 25th Feb 2020

Next meeting of the Family History Group at the Old Independent Church Hall (CB9 9EF), 12th March 2020 at 7.30pm. Members £1 visitors £2.50 inc. tea/coffee. EVERYONE WELCOME

Tales from the Bench

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sun, 9th Feb 2020

Image may contain: possible text that says 'Tales from the Bench with Graham Higgins 13th February 2020 At Haverhill Old Independent Church Hall 7.30pm EVERYONE WELCOME Graham has been a magistrate for over 29 years. With humorous stories he looks at our legal heritage which dates back to mediaeval times.'

Next meeting of the Family History Group at the Old Independent Church Hall (CB9 9EF), 13th February 2020 at 7.30pm. Members £1 visitors £2.50 inc. tea/coffee. EVERYONE WELCOME

Haverhill Group's February 2020 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Fri, 31st Jan 2020

Haverhill Group's February 2020 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 Help Sessions resume for 2020

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sun, 26th Jan 2020

Weekly help sessions begin again after the brief winter break. Everyone welcome. Book a place by calling the library 01440 848095.

2020 Open Day at Haverhill Library

Posted by B and C Thompson on Fri, 24th Jan 2020

2020 Open Day at Haverhill Library, 25th January 10am-3pm.

Both beginners and seasoned family historians welcome, whether it is for help tracing your family tree or just for a chat. look forward to seeing you there.

Haverhill Group's January 2020 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Wed, 1st Jan 2020

Haverhill Group's January 2020 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 B and C Thompson on Fri, 13th Dec 2019

Another well supported  fun Christmas quiz. Thank you to everyone that attended and were generous in their gifts for the 'mamouth' raffle!

The winners were 'Ain't got a clue' with the wooden spoonist 'Blind Mice'

It was also great to see many get into the spirit by putting on their Christmas outfits.

  

  

Haverhill Group's December 2019 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sun, 1st Dec 2019

Haverhill Group's December 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

Events

DateDetailsSpeaker
12/03/2020More to it than brick
The history and geology of brick making
Peter Minter
09/04/2020Rural Essex in Victorian and Edwardian times
Peter Layzell
14/05/2020AGM followed by The Burston School Strike
The longest school strike in English History
Bryan Thurlow
21/05/2020Trip to Museum of Technology - Cambridge
MUST BOOK
11/06/2020Pie ā€˜nā€™ Mash & Prefabs
A Haverhill Festival event - AT HAVERHILL ARTS CENTRE
Norman Jacobs
09/07/2020Village walk - Cavendish
MUST BOOK
10/09/2020The Foundlings
Ruth Miller
17/09/2020Evening trip to Ridgewell Museum
MUST BOOK
19/09/2020Open Day (TBC)
Haverhill Library (CB9 8HB) 10am ā€“ 3pm
08/10/2020The History of Spoken English
Joint Meeting with Haverhill L/H Group
Charlie Haylock
12/11/2020Mistletoe & Myths
Mike Wabe
10/12/2020Christmas 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

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)

Haverhill Remembers - Lest We Forget November (2018)

Chauntry Mills - Employers and Employees (2019) 

Who Lived Here? (2020)

                                                                      

 

Files

March Newsletter 2020 (.pdf) - Uploaded 02/03/2020
February Newsletter 2020 (.pdf) - Uploaded 31/01/2020
January Newsletter 2020 (.pdf) - Uploaded 01/01/2020
Chairmans Report 2019 (.pdf) - Uploaded 10/05/2019