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Report - Silverlands, Surrey, May 2019



xexxa

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Short stolen history

Nestled on the outskirts of the M25 in Chertsey lays a Grade II listed manor house with a potted history of uses. Originally built in the early 19th century by the Brewer Robert Porter, it was then went through multiple ownerships until it became the Actors Orphanage in 1938. The Actors Orphanage had previously started in Croydon in 1912 and in 1915 found residence in Langley Hall in Berkshire before finally moving to Chertsey in 1938. During World War II, the children were evacuated New York and the building was utilised as a Nurse’s School for the nearby Botley’s Park Hospital, now St Peters Hospital. After the war the building was part run as the nurse’s school and the orphanage; in 1958 it was decided to close the orphanage as the cost of upkeep became too high. It continued as the nurse’s school until the late 1990’s. At the time the national prohibition services were looking for a suitable building for the ‘residential assessment and intervention programmes for adult males with allegations of, or convictions for, sexual offences involving children’. This was met with strong opposition by locals and the plan was ditched in 2002. During this time, the building had had a reported £3.7 Million spent on refurbishment. The building currently resides in a state of ruin and with an uncertain future.

Seems strange its still called an orphanage when it hasn't been so for 60 years don't you think?
I'd always known about this place, but never visited it, and didn't really have the desire to, only realised by chance it neighboured another place which in total made for a whole days worth of exploring. Was in for a big surprise as it full of classic architectural porn. One of my favourite things to look at, decayed or not. Don't know what I was thinking not visiting sooner. Its quite clear not much of the Georgian parts exist in comparison to Victorian additions, which also make up the bulk of the interior.



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Ojay

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@xexxa I've had a play with the thread and removed the offending duplicate linked images and changed the spacing, let me know if this has helped or if anything else needs looking at
 

Andrew32

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Decay since I went doesn't seem that far, great to see won't be long before something's done
 

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