Lots of lovely mould here-some of it pretty toxic smelling, especially in the cellar. This place once housed an orphanage and had plans for a sex offenders rehab place in the recent past. I felt like I was being watched the whole time I was there and then at the end found a television broadcasting images from the dilapidated cameras dotted around the perimeter (see last photo).
1814 - The original large country house was built by local brewer Robert Porter.
1820 - Silverlands was rebuilt by Vice-Admiral Sir Frederick Hotham and Silverlands was the Hotham family home until around 1887.
1896 - The Actors' Orphanage was started by Kittie Carson at Croydon and was established as the Actors' Orphanage Fund in 1912.
1915 - The orphanage moved to Langley Hall, Berkshire, and in 1934, Noël Coward became President of the charity
1938 - The charity moved its orphanage to Silverlands in Chertsey, Surrey.
1940 - The children living in the home were evacuated to the Edwin Gould Foundation in New York, USA.
1941 - Some of the buildings became a female nurse’s school for the nearby Botley Park Asylum and St Peter’s Hospital.
1945 - The children returned to Silverlands after the end of World War II. The orphanage ran alongside the nures's school.
1956 - Sir Laurence Olivier took over as President of the charity with Richard Attenborough as his Deputy.
1958 - The cost of major repairs needed to the building, the declining numbers of children at the home resulted in a decision to close Silverlands as an orphanage.
1990 - Silverlands Nursing School amalgamated with other schools of nursing to become the Francis Harrison College of nursing and midwifery.
Late nineties - The probation service was looking at taking over Silverlands as a clinic for paedophiles.The proposals were met by strong opposition from local people who organised a candle lit vigil in protest.
2002 - The Ministry of Justice announced that Silverlands was no longer being considered for the clinic.