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Report - Silverlands - Chertsey - 8/3/08

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    As part of the Barry Gordon road trip and visited with Winchester, Bob_in_disguise, Pixman, Sinnerman and Dreamworx. We left Layla in the car.

    History

    Built for Vice-Admiral the Rt. Hon Sir Frederick Hotham sometime between 1818-1825, it was the Hotham family home until around 1887. Over the next 50 years, Silverlands changed hands a few times and then in 1938 it became the new home for the Actors Orphanage. The Actors Orphanage was set up in 1896 to house children who had become orphaned by the film and theatre professions.
    In 1947, the St. Peter’s Training School for Nurses was formed. This was opened with 3 student nurses at Silverlands. This ran alongside the buildings use by the Actors Orphanage, until 1958 when the Orphanage Ceased to exist.
    The building remained a nurse’s training school up until it closed in the late 1990's. A few years later, it was in the news as in 2001 when plan were put in place for it to house the relocated Wolvercote Clinic for convicted paedophiles. This angered local residents, as it was not the kind of clinic they wanted near to their children’s schools. October 26th 2001 saw the first candlit vigil outside Silverlands, BBC News covered the event as 300 protests remained there in the rain. From then on, every Friday between 17:00 and 19:00 it was repeated. Whilst this was going on, Silverlands was enjoying a refit to the tune of around £3million.
    In response to a Parliamentary Question tabled 4th July, 2002, it was confirmed by Home Office Minister, Hilary Benn, that Silverlands would NOT become the home of the Wolvercote paedophile clinic currently based in Epsom, Surrey; it has been empty ever since.

    These are some quotes from people who lived at Silverlands when it was an orphange;

    Source: http://www.its-behind-you.com/judystaber.html

    Source: http://www.its-behind-you.com/dantaylor.html

    Photos

    1> This place is very ornate, and you spot this as soon as you get near the building.
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    4> The frankly amazing staircase in the main lobby area
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    7> Them cameras from before are hooked up
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    9> front entrance and porch
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    10> the plaster work alone in this room would've cost a fortune
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    11> i would've loved to have seen this fireplace with a blazing fire burning in it.
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    in the same room as the fireplace, this is the ceiling
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    13> this lift was in the centre of a service staircase, i've never seen anything like it before.
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    14> and winchester in a corridoor doing some chimping
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    That's all folks.
     

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