An extraordinary story of survival. Eastbury Manor House is a rare example of a late 16th-century brick-built Gentry house. Completed in 1573, Eastbury Hall as it was formerly known, was built for Clement Sysley and his growing family. The plan is H-shape around a central square courtyard.
During the 18th and 19th centuries the house was owned by a series of tenant farmers, who allowed the building to fall into a ruinous state. The National Trust recognised Eastbury’s architectural and historical importance, making it one of their first purchases in 1918. After a restoration by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, Barking Borough Council took over the lease of the property in 1934, and from 1935 to 1941 it was the local museum for Barking.
The house features early 17th-century wall-paintings showing fishing scenes and a cityscape in the former Great Chamber, evocative exposed timbers in the attic, an original spiral oak staircase in the turret, soaring chimneys, a cobbled courtyard and a peaceful walled garden with bee boles.
Eastbury Manor House was recently refurbished with the help of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and now forms part of the LB of Barking and Dagenham’s Heritage Services. Eastbury opens its doors as a heritage visitor attraction and is a popular community resource for voluntary groups. We offer an award-winning schools’ education programme, as well as venue hire for conferences, family functions and weddings. We are also a registered venue for civil ceremonies and partnerships. Our tearoom provides a menu of light lunches, cakes, and cream teas as well as book in advance afternoon teas.
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