Ancestry UK

Ty Mawr School, near Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales

In around 1941, Kent County Council's Stanhope Approved School near Ashford, Kent, was evacuated to a property known as Ty Mawr at Gilwern, near Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. The premises were formally certified for use as an Approved School on April 1st, 1942, with accommodation for 89 Intermediate boys. The administration of the School was taken over by Breconshire County Council.

In 1973, the school became a Community Home with Education (CHE) under the control of Breconshire County Council. The School is believed to have closed in the 1990s.

The site is now occupied by an outdoor education centre. Most of the former School buildings have been demolished.


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  • Higginbotham, Peter Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain's Young (2017, Pen & Sword)
  • Hyland,Jim Yesterday's Answers: Yesterday's Answers: Development and Decline of Schools for Young Offenders (1993, Whiting and Birch)
  • Millham, S, Bullock, R, and Cherrett, P After Grace — Teeth: a comparative study of the residential experience of boys in Approved Schools (1975, Chaucer Publishing)