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  1. My first report on Oblivion State so any feedback would be appreciated guys, hope you like and will post up some of my other reports over the next few days The Visit Visited with Redhunter - Having failed miserably at QE2 hospital in Welwyn Garden City (bumped into security who said they had seen the "lovely" photos on the forums and had been told by their boss to start boarding up areas that have been photographed like the morgue etc, doors now boarded and alarmed) we headed down the M25 to Surrey to have a look at Silverlands Orphanage. After finding our way around the perimeter avoiding the cameras we made our way over the fence and into the building away from the prying eye of the many cameras on the building. 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.
  2. Had this one on my list for a long time now, and after a successful morning at CMH we decided to head on over.. We successfully made it in after negotiating the fence, avoiding PIRs and finding an open window, and wow.. I was amazed. I fell in love with the staircase instantly. Didn't take loads of photos because i was enjoying the place too much:D Big thanks for a certain someone for a lovely day out! as always, thanks for looking!
  3. Abandoned Orphanage Visited with: Venustas, Rusty, Martin, PG_UE & Carl Visit Date: December 2014 Please Note: Entry is always through an open access point and not by forcing our way in….. We are explorers, not vandals. My Visit This was our second location of the day and we was all hoping we would have better luck than we did at the first location which was sealed up tight, so as we always do we left and headed off to to the next location. After a few hours drive we pulled into a car park not far from the location and to our surprise we spotted another small group of explorers with all their kit ready to go. I knew who one of the smaller group was straight away it was Dirty Jigsaw, we pulled up alongside them and said hello. After parking the cars we headed back over to the group so we could introduce ourselves properly, Holly Sunshine was another of the group and her partner, then a few minutes later Holly’s friend arrived. It turned out that they was also heading to to the same place. It is always a risk being in such a large group as it is easier to get spotted but we decided to take the gamble. We decided to use the woods for cover due to the size of the group and as much as that helped us out it also helped us get a little lost! We did take a couple of wrong turns but our phone GPS helped us out and pointed us back in the right direction. After about 45 minutes we emerged from the woods and could see the location straight ahead. One nasty metal fence and 5 minutes later we was all safely inside unpacking our camera gear. The main issue we was going to face with so many of us in one place was trying not to get in each others way which indeed did happen a few times and made it a little slower to get the photos we wanted, however, we managed and it was great to finally see this place and to meet DJ, Holly and the rest…. I hope you enjoy my photos…. The main hall stairs are still in very good condition as you will see on the photos, however the rest of the building is not doing so good. This shot was taken from the top of the stairs. Before heading off to look around the rest of the building I took a couple of photos of the main entrance. When I have seen reports from here by other explorers I always thought that the stairs would be my favourite area, however, that is not the case and I found myself fascinated by the following room. I just had to get a shot of the skylight! Cool right? Hell yes it is! A big room with lots going on, nice airy windows, nice décor, awesome skylight, wood, stonework... What more could we ask for? Here is another room that I really liked. Finally, for anyone who has seen reports on this place before will be fully aware that this location still has electricity, also you will know of the following two rooms. I found it hard to get a good shot in these rooms for some reason and almost left these shots out of the report. More images available on flickr The images above are just a small selection of the images I have edited. I will be adding lots more photos from photos on my Flickr page which can be found here, https://www.flickr.com/photos/119757413@N07/ Final thoughts It was great to tick this one off the list which made the long drive and even longer day worthwhile. The building is deteriorating quickly and I have not seen any information for future plans of this building. The future is definitely not looking good…… Fingers crossed this changes and a new lease of life can be found before it is too late. Thanks for reading, Dugie
  4. UK Silverlands, Feb 2015

    The date Silverlands was built is unknown. It is however thought to be sometime between 1818-1825. The first owner was Vice-Admiral the Rt. Hon Sir Frederick Hotham. Silverlands was used as the Hotham family home until approximately 1887. Pretty Grand! The Actors Orphanage was started in 1896 and was used as both a home and school to about 60 children. The home and school was moved to this very place; Silverlands, Chertsey in 1938. It became a female nurse’s school for the nearby Botley Park Asylum and St Peter’s Hospital in 1941. This ran alongside the buildings use by the Actors Orphanage, until 1958 when the Orphanage Ceased to exist. In 1990 The Silverlands Nursing School paired up with other schools of nursing in Surrey and Hampshire and became the Francis Harrison College of nursing and midwifery. In the late 90’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’. Pretty bad considering this was once an orphanage... Silverlands in Chertsey was considered the most appropriate. The proposal was strongly opposed by the locals who organised a candlelit vigil to protest about the site being used for such a purpose. The impact of the 7000 children attending the 25 schools within a 2.5 mile radius of Silverlands was also a concern. 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. During this time, the Grade 2 listed building had already had £3.7 million pounds spent on its refurbishment. For nothing it seems; it remains empty. Its future uncertain. History borrowed from Vwdirtboys 2010 report on 28 days. Visited with SouthSide UE #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 The inevitable happened and as a result we got no good externals... #10 https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/16037355733/ My "WHAT?!" comes across as angry but it isn't, I just couldn't hear properly! More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/16037355733/
  5. Silverlands Visited between August 2014 & February 2015 with DirtyJigsaw, sweet_pea, gigi, Adam X, James Kerwin, Richie, The Raw, Lenston, Extreme Ironing, Spidermonkey, M Thornley, ZeroUE. The exact date Silverlands was built is not known, but is thought to be around 1820, give or take a few years. Initially it was used as a family home, and in 1938 the Actor’s Orphanage moved in, supporting destitute children of actors and actresses. These children however were evacuated to New York in 1940 due to the conflict of World War II. In the early 1940’s a nursing school was set up to train medical staff and they were joined in 1945 by the children who returned after the war. The orphanage closed its doors in 1958 but the nursing school remained at this site until the 1990’s. It sat empty for a few years, at which point the National Probation Service announced plans to refurbish the building and transfer patients from Wolvercote clinic for “residential assessment and intervention programmes for adult males with allegations of, or convictions for, sexual offences involving childrenâ€Â. This announcement was met with disgust and strong opposition from local residents and parents who have their children at one of the 23 schools within just 2.5miles of the site. After protests, it was confirmed in 2002 by the Home Office Minister that Silverlands would not become the new home for this clinic. At this point, it was abandoned, however not before an estimated £3.7m was spent refurbishing the Grade II listed building. Silverlands was always a location I wanted to visit, it was near the top of my list when I first started exploring in December 2012, new to the game I was put off by stories of PIRs, CCTV, Loudspeakers and security. It was the infamous site… “Get in, snap a few photos and expect security with you within 20 minutes… shortly followed by police.†I have since made 13 visits over the last 7 months with many different explorers. All security features were turned off for a short period of time, I guess this was due to the security call-out costs. It appeared in a certain National newspaper and in just a couple of weeks the place deteriorated a fair bit. Security measures have since been re-instated. External - The view from the outer perimeter fence. External - The front door. Through the front door, the main entrance. The grand staircase Looking up from the first landing. From the top of the stairs, one of the many chandeliers. The lift shaft. Upstairs is a TV screen which flicks through the CCTV cameras. The most famous room in Silverlands, the decay is beautiful. The same room at night, it's amazing the lights still work. Selfie under the chandelier A close up of the details of this room, with the decay and growth. Another room on the ground floor, more decay. And my favourite room, also on the ground floor. Smoke lingering in the dilapidated room. Another room with working lights. It's difficult to explain just how bad the water penetration is when it's raining.... So I recorded this video, please watch in HD
  6. Hello OS. Been holding this one back a little while, but after a few visits I've had the chance to 'get the pics I wish I got the last time' etc. First visit in mid 2014, second and third in '15 Such a nice place, can't seem to keep away. Visited with: MrDan, ZeroUE, M Thornley, Infiltr8, WoofooPix, Brutas and Gaz. History: Silverlands was built in the 1800s and has had an interesting history. It was a private home, an actors orphanage and a nurse training school. The training school finally closed in the 1990s. In 2001 there were plans to turn it into a clinic for convicted paedophiles. Local residents protested against it, being so close to local schools. During the protests, the house received a £3 million re-furb for it’s new role. But in 2002 the protests paid off and Parliament decided to end the conversion. It has remained empty ever since. Pics: Strange how it's been the same for so long and not been totally destroyed.. Cheers
  7. This is my second explore of this place, last time I got busted, having seen a few people have explored without a hitch I thought I would try again. No problems this time, apart from an eventful journey home being involved in a car crash on the M40, this was a good day. 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. More images here; https://www.flickr.com/photos/stuarthomas/sets/72157648367883600/
  8. Visited with The_Raw, Lenston, MrDan and DuttyJigsew. Silverlands is a large country house in Chertsey, Surrey, I can't confirm the exact date of construction but it was in the years surrounding 1820, an estate has existed here under the name of 'Silverlond' since at least 1420 according to town records. First owned by Henry Hotham, a hero of the Napleonic wars in the early 19th Century, it's recent history is more controversial, after having served as an orphanage and a nurses training college for much of the latter 20th Century, in 2001 plans were made to relocate patients from Wolvercote Clinic for convicted paedophiles. With 23 schools located within 2.5 miles of the Silverlands estate, one primary school just 5 minutes down the road, this caused a local outrage, on Oct 26th of that year the first of many candlelight vigils were held outside Silverlands by protestors, these were repeated weekly between 17:00 and 19:00 for several months. During these events the buildings went under intense refurbishment and maintenance, the ultimate bill for this and the required security arrangements almost hit £5'000'000. In July of 2002 it was confirmed that Silverlands would not be utilised for the rehabilitation of paedophiles, however the building has been vacant for the most part ever since. The security arrangements in place today I imagine might remain from that time period, it is surrounded by a number of fences, the building itself has a fair amount of cameras, PIRs and loudspeakers located at strategic points. Having seen images of the building not so many years ago, the place is not looking it's best anymore, mostly damage from water leaks through the roof, many of the more ornate and beautiful rooms on the ground floor have collapsing ceilings and damaged floors, electricity still works throughout the building however. Was a nice chilled out visit overall. Photos: I'm not sure where this would have once hung but it's seen better days like most of this place. The central courtyard. Some of the more ornate rooms which make up the ground floors. They're really starting to fall apart. A live feed of the numerous external video cameras, the buzz coming from the substantial comms cabinet to the left doesn't leave me with much doubt it's being beamed elsewhere. Hundreds of keys in here. The main hall. A newspaper upstairs dates back to the last year of permanent occupancy. Pulled from my blog page @ www.unexposed.photography, have linked back to Oblivion State . Cheers for reading.
  9. 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! Here is the video of the explore and crazy bitch security! http://youtu.be/7bBXYnNg6CI 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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