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Report - Silverlands - Chertsey - Surrey - April 2013

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by TrevBish, Apr 13, 2013.

  1. TrevBish

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    Hello! This was my third visit with two previous fails. After reading past reports and the last report being 2010, I knew the security was good but not that good!
    We found our entry and then we was counting down, the alarm was going off, all the flood lights on! Not knowing how long we had and who was coming we carried on!
    We took a few pictures before the 2 security guards got us and walked us out, giving us loads of talk about breaking and entering and then called the Police! Before we knew it, 2 Police vans and 4 Police cars!!!! What a waste of tax payers money! Searched us and on our way!


    History:
    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.
    In 1941 it became a female nurse’s school for the nearby Botley Park Asylum and St Peter’s Hospital. This ran alongside the buildings use by the Actors Orphanage, until 1958 when the Orphanage Ceased to exist.


    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.


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