Eastbury Manor House
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An Elizabethan gentry house with a fascinating history, set in tranquil heritage gardens
Set in tranquil gardens, the Eastbury Manor House is an unexpected Elizabethan treasure in the heart of Barking. It was buily between 1560-1573 and is a rare surviving example of a mid-16th-century brick-built Gentry house. It is a Grade I listed building with a rich history of ownership and use, the stories of which are told throughout the house, now a visitor attraction.
Highlights include the Painted Chamber with surviving 17th century wall paintings and the original turret offering views across the rooftops of modern day Barking. The house hosts regular events, plus temporary exhibitions and workshops.
Built for Clement Sisley and his growing family, Eastbury Hall, as it was formerly known, tells an extraordinary story of survival. Threatened with demolition in the 1910s, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) recognised its significance. SPAB worked with the National Trust to save it from demolition. The National Trust acquired Eastbury for the nation in 1918, making it the Trust’s first acquisition in London. In 1934, the National Trust then leased Eastbury Manor House to Barking Borough Council.