‘In Wales, and throughout much of mainland Britain, the name ‘Bryn Estyn’ is known only for the events that were alleged to have taken place, during it’s time as a ‘Community Home With Education’, during the latter half of the twentieth century.
Those 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.
On Investiture Hill, however, has not been written to re-visit any aspect of that unfortunate time in Bryn Estyn’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 examined by well-respected writers.
On Investiture Hill 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 Bryn Estyn, nor have they looked at the lives of any of those who lived there, who worked there and those who were born there and 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 …. and a number of others’