The Haverhill Family History Group’s annual exhibition will be open to view during October in the Arts Centre. Entitled ‘Chauntry Mills – Employers and Employees’
the exhibition tracks the rise of weaving in Haverhill and the growth of the business that became known as D Gurteen & Sons at Chauntry Mills
. It focuses on the lives of people whose images were captured in employer and employee photographs from company archives.
The business known as Chauntry Mills is located at the very heart of Haverhill. It has provided employment for the people of the town and surrounding villages since the first factory was opened in 1856 to produce drabbet. For many years during Queen Victoria’s reign it was the principal employer and by 1900 approximately 2500 of the town’s population of 4800 were working there. The business has been owned and run by the same family, passing from father to son(s) in an unbroken line since its establishment. It still operates today.
We are extremely grateful to Mr Christopher Gurteenwho has kindly agreed to loan items from his personal collection for a display that will complement our posters. These can be viewed in the Local History Centre during their normal opening times, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings 10am to 12 and Saturdays from 10.30am to 3.30pm or by prior appointment. PLEASE NOTE Centre closed on Wednesday the 9th October due to school workshops.