Copyright 2005

[ May 11th 2005 ]

Campaigners fighting to save an early nineteenth century Welsh castle have been appeased by the launch of a feasibility study funded by a preservation trust, according to the BBC. Gwrych Castle in Abergele has been in a state of disrepair since being purchased in 1999 by a U.S. businessman. The trust hopes to persuade Conwy council to purchase the ruins and restore the castle to its former glory.

Assembled at the turn of the century, Gwrych Castle served as a training ground for boxer Randolph Turpin and also provided the backdrop to the 1996 film Prince Valiant, starring Edward Fox and Joanna Lumley, reports BBC.

"It's such a fascinating building," said Mr Baker, secretary of the preservation trust. "Architecturally, it's nationally important and for so long it has been ignored and dismissed as a folly. The problem is we don't know how structurally safe it is, but hopefully it can be rescued."

Conwy council said that all approaches from the preservation trust would be considered.

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