A family is having a home built at Hawley Green with building methods used when Henry the Eighth was on the throne.

There is not a nail or a screw in the 6000 square foot house being erected on the two acre site in Fernhill Road.

Owners Roger and Christine Clarke are having the house built to replace their previous home, a converted 17th century barn which burned down in 1999. They loved their old house and wanted to stick to the traditional materials and building methods as much as possible.

Many of the oak beams of the old barn have been salvaged and will be used as features in the new house.

The Hereford firm of TJ Crump Oakwrights Ltd are the contractors and they use the traditional mortice and tenon joints held together with 12 inch long riven oak pegs.

The result is a building of incredible strength as well as great beauty.

Walls will be made of 2in x 10in handmade bricks, with handmade clay tiles for the roof. Double glazed oak windows will complete the authentic look.

There will be four bedrooms, all with en suites, and the downstairs will include two family rooms, a 20ft x 14ft dining room, 20ft x 16ft sitting room and 30ft x 18ft sun room.

The cost will be something over £500,000. Christine, a customs broker, said she is still researching authentic materials to make sure the interior matches up to the outside.

She said the firm of Crumps were "absolutely marvellous - a pleasure to work with."

Tim Crump, managing director, said one striking feature of the interior would be an oak staircase in the hall leading to a galleried landing with a vaulted ceiling above rising to a "crown post" - a feature used by carpenters in southern England over 400 years ago.

"We are following the vernacular style of framing," he said. "Carpenters had different styles around the country."

TJ Crump Oakwrights are on 01432 353353.