Michael Jones, son of the boilerman at Craig-y-nos, grew up under the shadow of the castle.
He contacted me recently:
acutely infectious place, from which you kept away.
Girls on the balcony- early 1950s
The medical treatment seemed very harsh, almost cruel, but it was considered the right thing at the time. I never knew that the children were out in the open all night with snow on the beds - it seems horrendous! Fortunately there were a number of success stories. . What I cannot understand is the regime at the hospital, where most of your correspondents recall deprivation, over-zealous punishment, mental and physical abuse, insufficient education, and strict curbs on visitors, akin to being institutionalized. Yet when the lucky ones returned home they were lost, out
of step, and missed their fellow patients greatly.
Michael sent me another email with some more of his memories: