About Eastbury Manor

Set in tranquil gardens this Elizabethan house, in an unusual setting, is an unexpected treasure in the heart of Barking. Built between 1560 and 1573, Eastbury Hall, as it was formerly known, was built for Clement Sisley and his growing family. This rare example of a mid-16th-century brick-built Gentry house tells an extraordinary story of survival.

Threatened with demolition in the 1910s, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) recognised its significance and worked with the National Trust to save it from demolition. The National Trust acquired it for the nation in 1918, who then leased it to Barking Borough Council in 1934. Eastbury was the National Trust’s first acquisition in London.

Current exhibitions

As well our our permanent displays, exploring the history of Eastbury, we curate new exhibitions around specific themes. In 2023, you can experience two special exhibitions:

Eastbury Saved

Eastbury Makers


Eastbury has a rich and varied history, dating back to the Elizabethan era. 

To find out more about the house through the ages, visit the History section of our website.

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