Gwrych Castle, Abergele, North Wales, was begun in 1819 by Lloyd Hesketh Bamford-Hesketh. He was largely his own architect, though he employed Thomas Rickman, a pioneer of cast-iron tracery for Gothic buildings, as an advisor. The castle was sold in 1946 to Mr Leslie Salts, who opened it to the public for 20 years, attracting nearly ten million visitors and earning Gwrych the sobriquet of 'the showplace of Wales'. In 1989 the castle was sold to a property developer in California and during 16 years of absentee ownership the roofs have collapsed bringing down ceilings and floors. The castle is due to be sold by auction in 2006. The Gwrych Trust is seeking to preserve it.