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Report - Silverlands Orphanage - Chertsey - November 2014 (Re-visit)

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by RichPDG, Nov 24, 2014.

  1. RichPDG

    RichPDG 28DL Regular User
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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 15–17 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, Noël 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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  2. slayaaaa

    slayaaaa 28DL Regular User
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    Any sign of security? Our visit went un-interupted despite all the comments on security being good at their job.
    Nice to see this place after our visit. Although it seems it's really getting a few visits I'm really surprised there's no major vandalism or any graffiti?
    Nice pictures and nice lens, the 10-20mm deffo is great at getting it all in. :)
     
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    Another great set Rich, it baffles me why they leave the electric on in some sites:confused
     
  4. RichPDG

    RichPDG 28DL Regular User
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    It's the same with the Sheffield Courts and CMH. The only thing I can think of is that the sites were built in the years before electric meters and that came into effect and aren't monitored?
     
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    No, it's because government agencies take great pride in pissing away taxpayers money. They'll close a hospital as part of some 'cost saving initiative', and then five years later you'll find that all the lights are on, the heating's still on full etc etc.

    Nice set anyway, is it the Sigma you've got?
     
  6. RichPDG

    RichPDG 28DL Regular User
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    Yeah I went for the Sigma 10-20 ;)
     
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    I never tire of seeing those staircases and all that woodwork. :)

    Nice one :thumb
     
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    Its a good en, got in ok then :D
     
  9. RichPDG

    RichPDG 28DL Regular User
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    Yeah got in fine both times mate :D
     
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    Not seen this place before, but it looks great!

    Brilliant set of shots :thumb
     
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    nice shots mate no9 turned out well
     
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    beautiful craftmanship on the woodwork. unbelievable that the electric is still switched on.
     
  13. RichPDG

    RichPDG 28DL Regular User
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    Thankyou for all the positive comments guys! It appears that the cctv and alarms have now been re-activated! Was good whilst the fun lasted ;)
     
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    The CCTV was never turned off.
     
  15. WhoDaresWins

    WhoDaresWins Let's do this
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    As tumbles said, they were never switched off. The owner got a bit sick of shelling out dolla every time secca got called out.
     
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