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Bryn Estyn School for Boys, Wrexham, Denbighshire, Wales

On November 15th, 1940, the Bryn Estyn Approved School for Intermediate Boys was certified to operate in premises at Bryn Estyn Road, Wrexham, Denbighshire. The School could could accommodate up to 80 boys aged between their 13th and 15th birthdays at their date of admission.

In 1973, the School became a Community Home with Education (CHE) under the control of Denbighshire County Council.

The Home closed for financial reasons in 1984. The establishment subsequently became the focus of allegations concerning sexual abuse of its inmates, and claims that Bryn Estyn had been the centre of a paedophile ring in North Wales.

Former Bryn Estyn School

In more recent times, the property was used as a conference and training centre. In 2015, the Council were debating whether to sell off or demolish the building.


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