Property of the Day: Custom House, Maldon, Essex

A striking 16th-century home in the heart of Maldon’s conservation area

THE PROPERTY: Custom House was built in the 16th century and added onto throughout the 18th and 19th centuries to create a handsome, six-bedroom property brimming with history and character. In 1817 it became Maldon’s custom house, during which time goverment officials used it as a place to log imports and exports arriving by boats on the Blackwater River. 

THE LOCATION: The Anglo-Saxon town of Maldon is based on the Blackwater estuary and famous for its rock salt and Thames sailing barges. The house is on Market Hill, seconds from Maldon High Street.

THE INTERIORS: While the house’s impressive redbrick exterior is Georgian in style – as evidenced by its symmetrical sash windows and attractive grey and blue brick rendering – the interiors hint at its 16th-century beginnings with rustic timber framing, exposed-brick walls and original floorboards. Other highlights include a 16-pane sash window in the drawing-room, sliding window shutters and a double octagonal Tudor chimney stack on the second floor.

WHY WE LOVE IT: The garden extends to 178 feet, ending in a detached summerhouse, ideal as an artist’s studio or office.

BUY IT NOW: £895,000 with Savills

 

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