You’ve got to love internet search engines. Once again, a casual conversation and reminiscences about the past has directed someone to the Broadland Memories blog, and with that has come an update to the Kia Manzi story. Kia Manzi, you may remember from an earlier blog post, was one of the three, distinctive, flat-roofed villas which were situated in Daisy Broad at Hoveton.
Further information and photographs of Kia Manzi were later provided by Chris Raynor whose grandfather owned the property in the 1960s and 1970s and this was covered in an update in April 2012. Since those original blog posts, I have found a number of photographs showing the villas over the years and, whilst I’ve still not been able to pinpoint the exact date that they were built, evidence found so far puts them at being considerably older than I first thought. The most recent discovery was a glimpse of Daisy Broad and the villas on a film from within the East Anglian Film Archive collection which dates from 1920 and can be viewed via the British Film Institute website as part of their Britain on Film project. The Broads of Norfolk and Suffolk is a great little travelogue, well worth watching, and The Beehive and Daisy Broad villas can be seen about one minute into the film.
Back to the latest update to the Kia Manzi story. Just before Christmas, I was contacted by Rosemary Misselbrook whose father owned Kia Manzi in the early 1960s. It was he who actually renamed the villa. Rosemary kindly sent me a couple of photographs dating from that time and provided the following informations:
” My Parents bought the house early 60os, and my Father a retired RAF Officer, was still working in London, and they used it as a holiday home. My Father who was Rhodesian, named the house Kia Manzi which my Brother tells me is Matabele for Water House, or house on the water. We changed the layout and put the sitting room upstairs. Bought a little 2 berth cabin cruiser from the London Boat Show – called Clara, which was fibreglass – which took a few frowns from the old hands. We also had a little Duckling dingy. It was a great fun house with lots of visitors. I can’t remember what the house was originally called, but I think the three of them belonged to Dawn Craft, certainly later, and the other two were rented out in the summer.”
It was lovely to discover the meaning of the name Kia Manzi and how appropriate it was. It would be interesting to know what the villa was called before the name change, but I’ve found no references to that so far. My thanks to Rosemary for getting in contact and for allowing me to share her photographs on here.