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Thread: Silverlands Orphanage - Chertsey - November 2014 (Revisit)

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    The History:

    The Actors' Orphanage was started in 1896 by Kittie Carson at Croydon and was established as the Actors' Orphanage Fund in 1912.

    In 1915 the Orphanage moved to Langley Hall at Langley (was in Buckinghamshire - now in Berkshire). The orphanage was both a home and a school to approximately 60 children. At ages 1517 pupils sat the School Leaving Certificate of Cambridge University and if 10 subjects were taken to Matriculation.

    The home and school was moved to Silverlands at Chertsey, Surrey in 1938 where it remained until 1940. In September 1940 the Orphanage was evacuated to the USA where the children were housed in New York City at the Edwin Gould Foundation, and the children were sent to local schools.

    After the war ended the Fund established a home (once again at Silverlands, Chertsey). This arrangement ended in 1958 and the Actors' Orphanage ceased to exist.

    The 1912 fund was re-established as the Actors' Charitable Trust and financial and care help was offered to those in need.

    Over the years many from the theatrical profession have given time and money to the running of the orphanage including some who became presidents of the orphanage among whom are Sir Gerald du Maurier, Nol Coward, Laurence Olivier and the last president Lord Attenborough.

    The Explore:
    This was to be the second site of the day as it was relatively close by and seemed a shame not to drop by. Have been wanting to do a return visit ever since taking ownership of a new 10-20 lens. All in all a good day out with MattDonut and Goldie87 :thumb



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    Visited on a day when the rain was constant all day and was shocked at how much water was pouring in whilst we were inside!

    Thanks for looking! :thumb

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    Great report and Photos, Just got to get there one day :(

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    Never get bored of this place...lens certainly does it justice....nice work.
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    Some great pics there. The wide angle works well.
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    Fantastic. I love the lift shaft angled shot. Nicely done

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    Lovely shots, cool staircase, neat lift shaft too.

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    Does anyone know how many children lived there

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukemash View Post
    Does anyone know how many children lived there
    Alledgedly 60 children lived here. Roughly ages 15-18. Both genders. Hope this helps :~)

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    Thanks for all the kind comments everyone. This has to be up there as one of my favourite all time explores :)

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