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I built an 85ft CASTLE in my garden with damsels & guards…I was sick of just visiting other ones, says ‘Lord Gregorious’

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A PENSIONER has built an 85ft high castle in his back garden after becoming sick of visiting other one’s.

Gerry Halman, or Lord Gregarious as he likes to call himself, has spent the last 34 years making the medieval-style building.

Gerry Halman has built his very own 85ft tall castle at his home in the Netherlands

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Gerry Halman has built his very own 85ft tall castle at his home in the NetherlandsCredit: Jam Press
The building is located in his own back garden

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The building is located in his own back gardenCredit: Jam Press
Gerry's obsession with castle led to him building his own

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Gerry’s obsession with castle led to him building his ownCredit: Jam Press

Located in his garden in the village of Blesdijke, about 70 miles northeast of Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, Castle Olt Stoutenburght cuts a magnificent figure amongst its surroundings.

Boasting four towers that contain several storeys, a main hall, suits of armour, and an underground cellar, the castle has been constructed with great attention to detail.

What’s even more impressive is how Gerry, 76, has worked on the structure almost single-handedly.

And he credits his marvellous creation with the fact he became fed up of not having his own castle.

“I’m really a fan of history,” Gerry explained. “I’ve visited many castles, but at some point, that wasn’t enough.

“I had to start building one myself.

“I always get inspiration for my work through books and visiting other castles.”

Gerry also claims to be particularly inspired by Romanesque architecture.

But despite working on the project for more than three decades, he insists the project remains unfinished.

Gerry even concedes that the fantasy castle may never be completed in his lifetime.

“I don’t have any construction drawings because everything is in my head,” he said.

“The castle is never finished.”

Gerry, who is building the castle on an underlying layer of Ice Age clay on his land, used to own a fancy dress store.

As such, he has placed mannequins around the castle as tower guards and damsels in distress.

Despite insisting the project remains unfinished, Castle Olt Stoutenburght is available to rent for parties and weddings on a limited basis.

Gerry used mannequins from his old fancy dress store to place around the castle

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Gerry used mannequins from his old fancy dress store to place around the castleCredit: Jam Press
The image shows just how close to his house the castle is

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The image shows just how close to his house the castle isCredit: Jam Press
Despite working on the project for more than three decades, Gerry insists the project remains unfinished

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Despite working on the project for more than three decades, Gerry insists the project remains unfinishedCredit: Jam Press

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