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‘In Wales, and throughout much of mainland Britain, the name ‘Bryn Estyn’ is known for the events that were claimed to have taken place within its imposing walls [and grounds] during it’s time as a ‘Community Home With Education’, during the latter half of the twentieth century.
These events, culminating in what was to become the largest (and most expensive) Child Abuse Inquiry in British history, are but a single, fleeting chapter of the overall story.
This small book, however, has not been written to re-visit any aspect of that unfortunate time in Brynestyn’s long and distinguished history, nor will it be adding anything to the millions of words that have already been written about it by scandal-driven journalists, bloggers, social commentators and/or forensically examined by any number of highly-respected writers.
This book has been written for one reason, and one reason only – to correct an error.
An error of omission if you like, or perhaps one of simple oversight, but an error nonetheless; inasmuch as no historian, nor any writer that I am aware of, has previously compiled anything close to a definitive history of the Brynestyn estate, nor have they looked at the lives of those who lived there, those who worked there and the lives of those who were born there and even those who died there …. despite everything that they would require having been made available for anyone to discover – and then possess the will to narrate the story.
This book will I hope, correct that error ….’
JIMMY JONES Wrexham 2018