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Haverhill

October 28th, 2010 by
Categories: Suffolk Towns A-Z

A market town for over 1000 years and still hosting a provisions market on each and every Friday and Saturday.

Recorded in the Domesday survey in 1086, but before archaeological evidence shows that both Stone Age man and later the Romans thought this valley was 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.

Unfortunately a fire, in 1665, destroyed many of the town’s medieval buildings. Haverhill Manor was part of the marriage settlement between Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves. ‘Weavers’, meanwhile, is a Medieval hall house dating from the 15th century. The town however does boast many fine Victorian buildings.

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