Gatewen Hall

Gatewen Hall is a Three-storey, Georgian-style Grade II listed country house in Berse Road, New Broughton, Wrexham, and had been a residential school prior to its purchase by Bryn Alyn Community in or about 1982.

 It was opened on 1 April 1983 as a children's home to provide for 14 boys and girls in the age range of 14 to 18 years with a view to preparing them for independence.


1999 There was yet again persistent sexual abuse of boy residents of Gatewen Hall, which was a private residential school prior to its sale to the Bryn Alyn Community in 1982. 

The abusers were the two proprietors from 1977 to 1982, Roger Owen Griffiths and his then wife, now Anthea Beatrice Roberts, who were convicted on 4 and 5 August 1999 in the Crown Court at Chester. Griffiths was sentenced to eight years' imprisonment and Roberts to two years' imprisonment.


Peter Steen was accused of numerous physical assaults by residents of this home. It is unclear wether or not he was prosecuted.


John Allen was again accused of multiple offences by many victims from this home.


During the late 1980's early 1990's, a number of sexual assaults and physical assaults occured within this home although details are not currently available due to ongoing Court restrictions.


As for Gatewen Hall, most of the complaints related to the same period but a wider range of staff was named: there were not less than 26 complainants who named 12 members of staff in all. 


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