A castle in Wales is being brought back to life by a team of volunteers – led by a historian who fell in love with the building when he was a child.
Mark Baker was taken around Gwrych Castle in North Wales by his parents when he was young – but was devastated when it fell into disrepair after it became a popular squat in the 1990s.
Now 20 years on the castle is slowly but surely coming back to life.
“I went there as a very young child,” said Dr Baker, now 32, who has written multiple history books. “I remember been on my dad’s shoulders. It was like a fairy tale it was so big.”
It wasn’t just young Mark’s imagination, Gwrych is a huge structure.
The frontage is 1,500 ft in length and you have six miles of walls going round the estate. It was built by a …