St Peter’s Borstal – Bill Maloney investigates

submitted: 22 Mar 2010

Award winning film director Bill Maloney investigates the derelict building of St Peter’s Approved School, in Gainford, Co Durham. The police claim it is a ‘dark stain on the village’ so why has it laid derelict for years? Maloney and his courageous camera woman Lilly Starr gain entry to the abandoned Victorian building and are horrified to find stories of abuse written on the walls of the burnt-out gymnasium.

Young boys were regularly beaten and thrown naked into a concrete cellar for trivial misdemeanors. This video is a preview to the shocking feature length documentary available from Pie ‘n’ Mash films.

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10 thoughts on “St Peter’s Borstal – Bill Maloney investigates

  1. My Grandad used to work at St. Peters from about 1961. He was the kindest man, and is deeply missed (He passed away in 1990). These allegations are absurd! The only evidence he has is some graffiti on some walls, which could have been written by anyone, you can’t really take that seriously, take that to the police and it’ll be discarded almost immediately. And these people that have been speaking about it, ‘Can’t be named’ surprising that, doesn’t seem like they exist.

    1. I was in Aidan house 1976 to 1979, loved it there and they had to force me out when I turned 16. Never seen any cruelty or bad behaviour by staff.

  2. Seems pretty convincing to me!! And as they say… ‘The writing is on the wall’ and in this case it most certainly is – literally.

    Who knows? Maybe all possibilities should be considered!


  3. I have watched your video about St Peters School for Boys. I don’t know who you got your information from but he or she is talking a load of b*@#*s. I was at St Peters from 1970-1976 and I loved it. I loved it that much that when asked if I would like to go home after 2 years I refused.

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