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What Folly? - £1 castle turns into £750,000 home.<br />
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Philip Evans painting the ceiling in the music room.<br />
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A 250-year-old folly bought for just £1 when it fell into ruin has gone on the market for £750,000 after being restored to its former glory.<br />
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Philip Evans and Christopher Joll spent 13 years lovingly transforming historic Sham Castle from a run-down wreck into the enchanting Georgian castle it once was.<br />
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The stunning three-turreted hexagonal folly was built by aristocrat Sir Edward Smythe in 1780 on the grounds of his sprawling country mansion Acton Burnell Hall near Shrewsbury, Shropshire.<br />
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By the mid 19th century the folly became a gamekeepers cottage but by the 1950s had fallen into disrepair and was left empty.<br />
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In 1984, after decades of neglect, it was in such a poor state that it was sold to local bookshop owner and philanthropist Christopher Powney for just £1.<br />
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It was in 2001 the Grade II-listed folly was snapped up by Mr Joll, who writes and directs the British Military Tournament, and he set about painstakingly returning it to its previous condition.