Gerry West had been creating military scale models for years before he decided to take on his first building project, depicting what Bridgnorth Castle may have looked like during the English Civil War in 1646.
Gerry explained, “No written records exist of what any of the castle looked like prior to its destruction at the end of the Civil War, so much of it is my own interpretation and from research.”
Gerry used a plastic foam used for carving to make the sections of the castle, before adding detail, painting them and putting it all together.
He added, “It was incredibly tricky and is the kind of thing you have to do little and often – it’s been a slow process of spending hours carving stone walls with a toothpick but I’m very pleased with how it’s all turned out.”
The replica is now on show at Bridgnorth Museum – visit bridgnorthmuseum.org.uk for more information.