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 01/06/2019 by B and C Thompson

News

June Meeting

Posted by B and C Thompson on Thu, 6th Jun 2019

The next meeting of the Haverhill Family History Group.

A Haverhill Festival event, it should be an entertaining evening.

EVERYONE WELCOME TO COME ALONG.

Thursday 13 June 2019 at 7.30 pm Haverhill Old Independent Church Hall (members £1; visitors £2.50 inc. tea/coffee).

    

Haverhill Group's June 2019 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sat, 1st Jun 2019

Haverhill Group's June 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.

Celebrating the Centenary of the Great War

Posted by B and C Thompson on Mon, 13th May 2019

Our ‘Haverhill Remembers - Lest We Forget’ video of the evening at the Old Independent Church in Nov 2018 to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War celebration is now available on our projects page. Thanks to John Burns and his ‘team’ for their help with the recording.

Haverhill Group's AGM

Posted by B and C Thompson on Fri, 10th May 2019

Chairman's report to the Haverhill Family History Group's AGM 09.05.2019.

https://suffolkfhs.co.uk/files/e17b0fe88964adeceaa0a8b5a1fe8723.pdf

May meeting - ‘Regency Bury Low Life’

Posted by B and C Thompson on Wed, 8th May 2019

Kevin Pulford will be presenting an interesting, and informative presentation on 'Regency Bury Low LIfe' looking at jottings from Petty Sessions.
Thursday 9 May at 7.30 pm, Old Independent Church Hall (CB9 9EF), members £1 visitors £2.50 inc. refreshments.
Everyone welcome.

Haverhill Group's May 2019 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Fri, 3rd May 2019

Haverhill Group's May 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.

Sudbury Branch Quiz 2019

Posted by B and C Thompson on Wed, 1st May 2019

Our victorious ‘A’ team, the ‘Lillies of the Valley’ who came first in the Annual Sudbury Group Quiz at Long Melford.  Thanks to all the organisers of the evening, Anne, Helen and Shelia for an enjoyable evening.

The ‘B’ team, pictured here with our winners didn’t do too badly either, they managed to stay off the bottom!

April Meeting

Posted by B and C Thompson on Wed, 3rd Apr 2019

Everyone is welcome to our next meeting when we be entertained by Mike Wabe who will be delivering an interesting, humorous and informative presentation on the unique history of Town Criers. Hear about just how long ago Town Criers were crying their messages (and what these messages were). Learn about such things as their livery, evolution, rationale, means of attracting attention and their connections with the law.

Old Independent Church Hall Thursday 11 April at 7.30pm

Haverhill Group's April 2019 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Tue, 2nd Apr 2019

Haverhill Group's April 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.

Projects/Exhibitions 2019/2020

Posted by B and C Thompson on Fri, 29th Mar 2019

Projects/Exhibitions 2019/2020

We have two more exciting projects which will culminate in exhibitions in October this year 2019 and March 2020.

  •  The first exhibition, in October, will be called ‘Employers and Employees’ concentrating on Chauntry Mills and it's workforce.
  •  The title of the second exhibition in March 2020 has yet to be decided but will be along the lines of ‘Looking   through the Keyhole’. We will be focussing on various buildings in Haverhill and researching the lives of people   that lived there.

 If anyone would like to get involved in either or both of these projects please contact me on 07808922850 or email brian@suffolkfhs.co.uk

Events

DateDetailsSpeaker
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)

Haverhill Remembers - Lest We Forget November 2018

                                                                          

 

Files

Chairmans Report 2019 (.pdf) - Uploaded 10/05/2019
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