Dating memories scrapbook
She couldn’t remember what the house had been called prior to her father buying it, but thinks that all three were owned by Dawncraft at that time.
Rosemary also sent me another couple of photographs of Kia Manzi whilst under their ownership to add to the story including the image below which shows Kia Manzi during the notoriously harsh winter of 1963. Southernholme and Broadwaters were both demolished in the mid 1990s and new properties were built in their place.
Linda’s photograph really illustrates that difference quite clearly.
Just two years later, the ground floor had obviously become unusable and the upper floor was now a single level holiday flat.
In the first article, The Enchantress and the mystery of Viscountess Bury, published in February 2012, I wrote about the ex Thames passenger launch which was eventually converted into the motor cruiser by Leo Robinson in the early 1920s having previously been used for a while to run pleasure trips from Oulton Broad.
I was contacted around 18 months later by Tim Sargeant who added a new twist to that story as one of the Oulton Broad postcards I had posted was actually of a different passenger launch bearing the same name. Banham c1910 with the intention of running her as a passenger cruiser from his boatyard in Ely, Cambridgeshire.
So began the story of Kia Manzi and the Dasiy Broad villas.
A couple of months later I was contacted by Chris Raynor whose grandfather had owned one of those villas, Kia Manzi in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The photograph above is from the Raynor family collection and dates from the late 1960s.
Kia Manzi survived for a few more years, but it too was eventually demolished and replaced.
The photograph below, taken in May 2012, shows all three of the new houses with the new Kia Manzi on the left.
Chris had many fond memories of holidays spent there and sent me a wonderful collection of photographs which you can find here on the main Broadland Memories website.
An updated blog post duly appeared to accompany Chris’s contribution to the story but we were no nearer to establishing when the villas were actually built.
The original c1930s postcard of Daisy Broad can be seen above.