I was in Hoveton last weekend and took the opportunity to attempt to get a “Then & Now” photo of the site on which the Daisy Broad villas Kia Manzi, Southernholme and Broadwaters once stood.
Rather foolishly I forgot to take a print out of the original postcard with me, usually a vital tool for trying to match angles and focal lengths, so I had to try to do it from memory. The result is not as close as I would have liked it to be, mainly due to having to find a gap between the Barnes Brinkcraft cruisers from which to get a reasonable view of the new houses, so I think I will have to revisit by boat to be able to get the shot I want. This effort won’t make it onto the “Then & Now” pages of the website, but as I have written a couple of posts on the blog regarding the original houses I thought it might be useful to put the comparison photo on here. I also included far more of the new Kia Manzi, seen on the left, to illustrate just how different the new properties are. I’m getting a little closer to establishing a build date for the original villas after Alison Yardy got in contact to say that they appeared to be shown on the 1938 OS map, which confirms that they were pre-WW2 and suggests that the original postcard did indeed date from the 1930s. I also have a further lead to follow up which may hopefully provide some more information. Watch this space!