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Outrage as banker who bought 175ft Gothic tower for £425,000 is now selling it for £2MILLION - after £3million in taxpayers' cash was spent on restorations so it could be opened to public (15 Pics)

A banker who snapped-up a historic tower for £425,000 is selling it for £2 million just a year later - despite £3 million of taxpayers' cash being spent restoring it.
Christian Tym bought Hadlow Castle in August and promised he would let tours run throughout the year, in return for grants from Historic England and Heritage Lottery Fund.
However, the 42-year-old has not let a single visitor through the doors of the Grade-I listed tower since buying it, much to the dismay of residents in Tonbridge, Kent.
Now the banker is set to quadruple what he paid for Hadlow Tower in just 12 months, after £3 million of grants was spent restoring it.
The money was granted on the condition that it be publicly accessible for 28 days every year.
Members of the public should have been allowed to visit the eight-storey tower, which was used as a lookout in the Second World War.
But estate agents Strutt & Parker, who are selling the castle, claimed that Christian had not showed anybody around the tower since he bought it 12 months ago.
A community action group fought to get the tower restored after it was severely damaged in the Great Storm of 1987.
Locals formed The Save Hadlow Tower Action Group, and poured £50,000 of their own cash into the building, raised through fundraising projects, which topped up cash from Heritage England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The one-of-a-kind, 175 ft gothic tower was built in 1830, but fell derelict before being rescued by the artist Bernard Hailstone.
Hadlow Tower was bought by The Vivat Trust £1 after a compulsory purchase order was made by the borough council in 2011.
Campaigners financed and staffed a visitor centre on the ground floor, and from 2013 it was open to the public weekly in summer.
Restoration on the castle was completed in February 2013 and it was shortlisted for the 2014 Kent Design Awards.
Known locally as "May's Folly", the tower then received a multi-million-pound restoration and later rented out as a holiday home for £1,954 a week.
In 2016, the tower owners went into liquidation and Hadlow Tower was put on the market for offers over £1 million.
It was sold to Christian in 2017, who is married with four sons, who said he was attracted by 'the novelty factor.'
Campaigners reported that 700 people visited the castle in 2017 - with the numbers dwindling in 2018 to zero.
The Heritage Lottery Fund said it expected Christian to report to it in August with evidence of his compliance.
Tym was unavailable for comment.
The castle is listed as containing a media room, castle drawing room and four bedrooms.
It also comes with almost three-and-a-half acres of grounds and a lift to all floors.
The tower was previously advertised on swingers website Club Aphrodite - inviting '25 couples or 50 singles' for some 'Gothic castle folly'.

It said: "Enjoy threesomes, foursomes and moresomes in the intriguing candlelit rooms created for the fulfilment of the eccentric, original owner's medieval, baronic fantasies."
Building began in the late 1780s and was commissioned by Walter May whose son Walt added a 170ft octagonal tower in 1838.
After the son died the tower was owned by the High Sheriff of Kent and later by Harley Street specialist Dr MacGeagh.
During the Second World War the castle was used as a watchtower by the Home Guard and Royal Observer Corps.
Restoration on the 130ft Grade-I listed castle was completed in February 2013 and it was shortlisted for the 2014 Kent Design Awards.










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