Haverhill Echo 25 years ago

ECHO, August 17, 1989


A 63-year-old widow was fighting moves by the Marquess of Milford Haven to evict her from the tied cottage in the grounds of Moyns Park, Birdbrook that had been her home for 42 years.

Rosa Taylor was in the county court at Sudbury to hear the judge adjourn the hearing for the marquess’s case for her eviction.

Mrs Taylor worked for 30 years as the housekeeper at the mansion and was promised by its late owner, Ivar Bryce, that she could stay in the cottage rent free, for the rest of her life.

After Mr Bryce died the mansion and grounds were inherited by the marquess and his brother, who told Mrs Taylor they wanted the cottage for a gamekeeper.


Haverhill town councillors were trying to scuttle the borough council’s plans to sue the derelict station yard as a temporary car park because they claimed it would cause even more chaos at Cangle junction.

The borough council said the extra parking would help ease pedestrianisation problems, but the town council slapped in a strong objection.