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 and girl 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 on girls occurred within this home although details are not currently available.
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.
Staff members as of July 1991;
Lynn Williams - Head (replaced later in year by Steve Ford)
Steve Ford - Deputy head (promoted and Paul Eccles first took Deputy position, later replaced by Ken White jr )
Yvonne Ford - Care staff
Peter Steen - care Staff
Trish Steen - Matron
Carol Rowlands - Care Staff
Evelyn Dodd - Care Staff
Gareth Dodd - Care Staff / Van Driver
Jock (real name Richard Burt) - Care Staff
Kim ? - Anti Natal advisor / Care Staff
Andy Williams - Care Staff
Sue MacKenzie - Care Staff
Mac MacKenzie (Sue's husband. book-keeper.)
Paul Eccles - deputy head March though September