All the timber work is in oak and all the carpentry work uses traditional joinery
The restoration of a Tudor building in Maldon High Street nears completion after several years of work.
The house, was built in the 15th Century, probably for a merchant who would have worked at the port.
Restoration of the property has been carried out by the Rochford and South East Building Trust.
"When the Trust took over the building two years ago, everything was covered up externally and internally," said Vernon Wilkinson from the Trust.
The building would originally have been timber-framed and with an exposed exterior and built as a single storey.
A second storey was added about 50-years later.
"The cross wing of the building, which is probably the second stage of the building around about 1500 or thereabouts, is completely original," said Vernon.
A little gem
"Probably 75% of that part of the building is original, untouched from the 1500s, which is quite a unique survivor. A little gem," he added.
A surprise find was an inglenook fireplace which had been completely bricked up.
It still had the meat hooks for cooking on, and the timber seating.
The Trust has completed the renovation of a number of buildings in Essex.
The property was in a poor state of repair when it was bought by the Trust
"All these buildings are always exciting because every time you uncover something you find something else," said Vernon.
"When you uncover the timber frame, you find these wonderful braces which are unique to Tudor frame buildings.
"They were done for very specific reasons to lock the building together in wind. They weren't amateurs these people who built the timber framed buildings, they really knew what they were doing," he added.
However, the restoration has not always been easy.
They have encountered problems with the local council who they believe have not always been helpful to their plans.
Maldon council has issued an Enforcement Notice to reinstate the Georgian box sash windows and reapply lime render over the timber frame.
Chairman of the Planning and Leisure Committee councillor Frank Delderfield said: "Buildings are listed in the public interest because they are considered of national importance.
"It is therefore important that any works on a listed building obtain the appropriate consent."
Since work started in January 2007 the ground floor is now virtually complete, with potential tenants lined up to move in.
"The other part of the building, which is the living accommodation above, we are going to have to leave while we fight our corner in regards to the windows," said Vernon.
The building has a traditional finish using lime mortar and lime wash
"We wish to put back Tudor windows whereas the council want to retain the pseudo-Georgian windows which were inserted around about 1800," he said.
"Totally unsuitable for a timber framed building."
Work will go ahead on the coach house at the rear of the building, where planning permission has already been granted.
"There are around 50 such similarly rendered historic buildings with Georgian windows characteristic of that period in Maldon town," said Councillor Delderfield.
"This building is an absolute gem and we would love to think that this would be an asset to Maldon Council," said Vernon.