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 where it remained until 1940.

In 1941 it became a female nurse’s school for the nearby Botley Park Asylum and St Peter’s Hospital.

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. Fast forward 12 years and it remains empty and has fallen into complete disrepair.


  • simon robins, May 27, 2021 @ 17:11

    the building is now currently being refurbished savvy contracters are now on the property i have emailed them as to whats happening..

  • tumbles, June 15, 2017 @ 21:15

    thanks for the info!

  • Clive Williams, May 31, 2017 @ 17:28

    It wasn’t Sir Frederick Hotham, it was Sir Admiral Henry Hotham, who was the genius who worked out exactly where Napoleon might be and placed HMS “Bellerephon” perfectly to capture the Emperor and arrange his incarceration in the South Atlantic. Admiral Sir
    Henry was married into the famous Suffolk ROUS family, commemorated today in the racing world with the “Rous
    Memorial Stakes” – he being known of as the “Father of British Racing”.
    I heard that a Chinese Zillionaire bought it. Check it out!!

  • Marie Phillips, July 7, 2016 @ 21:42

    Is this building on the market? Does anyone know?

  • Phil Wilson, June 20, 2015 @ 12:21

    Its a disgrace that buildings such as this are abandoned by the state and left to rot away. I imagine the majority of the £3.7M was in fees to professionals reporting to committees who subsequently allow it to fall of the agenda, thus doomed and no one cares. I have just spent 15 years restoring something similar, a former Home, then Town Hall for 90+ years, then sold off with outline planning consent which was then refused numerous times. I bought it after just 8 years of abandonment and only just before it would have been impossible to restore. Its now the pride of the community once again. Check it out on Google. Mossley Hall, Mossley OL50BA

  • Megan Hastings, March 25, 2015 @ 16:02

    Absolutely beautiful. Such a shame that nothing has come out of it

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