Explore #108: Silverlands Orphanage, UK – October 2014

After our successful explore of Cambridge Military Hospital James and I met up with a few of our other explorer friends, the oh-so-normally monikered MrDan Explores, Dirty Jigsaw, and Sweetpea, to explore this abandoned Orphanage in the South of England.

History
This Grade II listed building was founded as a country house in 1812, and became an orphanage in the 1930s, run by the Actors Orphanage Fund and supported by the likes of Noel Coward, Sir Laurence Olivier and Richard Attenborough. It then served as a nursing college until the 1990s, but has remained disused ever since.

Our Explore
We explored this beautiful building during a torrential late-autumn rainstorm, and were soaked to the skin by the time we had found our way in…

As always, click on a photo to VIEW LARGE.

Silverlands Orphanage Stairs Staircase chandelier wood wooden glass windows reception entrance Adam X Urbex UE Urban Exploration abandoned derelict unused empty disused decay decayed decaying grimy grime
The grand entrance lobby.

Silverlands Sign reception Orphanage Stairs Staircase chandelier wood wooden glass windows reception entrance Adam X Urbex UE Urban Exploration abandoned derelict unused empty disused decay decayed decaying grimy grime

Silverlands Orphanage Stairs Staircase chandelier wood wooden glass windows reception entrance Adam X Urbex UE Urban Exploration abandoned derelict unused empty disused decay decayed decaying grimy grime
This staircase is pretty famous in urbex circles, and it’s easy to see why – such amazing craftsmanship left decaying away. It’s appreciating and documenting features such as this that really feels rewarding…

Orphanage Adam X Portfolio print shot let there be light lights decay detail mould fungus growth organic light green walls Silverlands Orphanage glass windows Adam X Urbex UE Urban Exploration abandoned derelict unused empty disused decay decayed decaying grimy grime
…especially when the atrocious conditions outside then help create a beautifully diffuse light inside, and we flick the light switch to discover that the electricity is still working! [Please click on this one to view large – it’s one of my faves, I don’t mind admitting.]

Landing ceiling rose first floor upstairs Silverlands Orphanage Stairs Staircase chandelier wood wooden glass windows reception entrance Adam X Urbex UE Urban Exploration abandoned derelict unused empty disused decay decayed decaying grimy grime
Heading upstairs…

CCTV room security Monitor TV Silverlands Orphanage Stairs Staircase chandelier wood wooden glass windows reception entrance Adam X Urbex UE Urban Exploration abandoned derelict unused empty disused decay decayed decaying grimy grime
…where I found a small broom cupboard with the external CCTV feed playing on a small TV! Surreal…

Lift staircase Little Sister room decay detail mould fungus growth organic light green walls Silverlands Orphanage glass windows Adam X Urbex UE Urban Exploration abandoned derelict unused empty disused decay decayed decaying grimy grime

Little Sister room decay lights light green walls mirror door window windows misted fogged ceiling rose Silverlands Orphanage glass windows Adam X Urbex UE Urban Exploration abandoned derelict unused empty disused decay decayed decaying grimy grime

Little Sister room decay detail mould fungus growth organic light green walls Silverlands Orphanage glass windows Adam X Urbex UE Urban Exploration abandoned derelict unused empty disused decay decayed decaying grimy grime

Large room red leaves Little Sister room decay detail mould fungus growth organic light green walls Silverlands Orphanage glass windows Adam X Urbex UE Urban Exploration abandoned derelict unused empty disused decay decayed decaying grimy grime

Red leaves detail close up large room Little Sister room decay detail mould fungus growth organic light green walls Silverlands Orphanage glass windows Adam X Urbex UE Urban Exploration abandoned derelict unused empty disused decay decayed decaying grimy grime

Grand room skylight Little Sister room decay detail mould fungus growth organic light green walls Silverlands Orphanage glass windows Adam X Urbex UE Urban Exploration abandoned derelict unused empty disused decay decayed decaying grimy grime

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