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    The exact date Silverlands was built is unknown, however it is thought to be between 1818-1825, the first owner being Vice-Admiral the Rt. Hon Sir Frederick Hotham. Silverlands was used as the Hotham family home until approximately 1887.

    The Actors Orphanage was started in 1896 and was both a home and school to approx 60 children. The home and school was moved to Silverlands, Chertsey in 1938 where it remained until 1940.

    In 1941 it became a female nurse's school for the nearby Botley Park Asylum and St Peter's Hospital.

    In 1990 Silverlands Nursing School amalgamated with other schools of nursing in Surrey and Hampshire to become the Francis Harrison College of nursing and midwifery.



    At some point in the late 1990’s Silverlands ceased it's role as a nursing school and the National Probation Service was looking for a new site for the ‘residential assessment and intervention programmes for adult males with allegations of, or convictions for, sexual offences involving children’. Silverlands in Chertsey was considered the most appropriate.

    The proposal was met with strong opposition from local people who organised a candlelit vigil to protest about the site being used for such a purpose and were concerned about the impact of the 7000 children attending the 25 schools within a 2.5 mile radius of Silverlands. After a lot of debating and protests on 4th July, 2002, it was confirmed by the Home Office Minister that Silverlands will not become the home of the Wolvercote paedophile clinic.

    However during this time, the Grade 2 listed building had already had £3.7 million pounds spent on its refurbishment. It remains empty. Its future uncertain.
    Visited with Romanywg, pretty tight place, so tread carefully if your visiting. Not much to say about this, pretty stripped but some nice rooms and worth it just for the staircase alone.

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    Lush set there V,but pic 3 is great.

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    Kin'ell, what a place.

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    I love this place. I remember seeing it a long, long time ago, and loved it at first sight. Absolutely love that wood panelled stairs, bloody awesome place. Would love to get a chance to go here at some point, it is one that's on my getting longer list lol.

    Excellent pics mate, love it.

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    Nice one on getting in. Its been locked down for the past 2 years with real time cctv and speakers which the guards used to tell you do one as the police were on the way lol.

    3 & 8 are cool.

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    Fabulous pics, vm...I didn't even realise that they are HDR.
    Gorgeous building. Nice one. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxylady View Post
    .I didn't even realise that they are HDR.
    Done in a subtle way, not like some do the stupid, cartoony HDR, which is horrible and ruins the pictures. :)
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    That staircase is awesome - nice one!

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    Last edited by muppix; 20th Jan 10 at 00:50. Reason: dyslexic at the keyboard

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    Nice staircase shots :) this building looks huge!

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    Pic three is amazing. I like what you have done with regards to HDR. If done properly, like you have done, there is no problem and the results are usually very good. This building needs something doing with it. THat stair case needs to be saved!

    It's all over.


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