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Eastbury Manor House

Eastbury Manor House

Elizabethan gentry house and gardens

Eastbury Manor House is a striking Elizabethan brick-built gentry house set in tranquil gardens.

Early 17th-century wall-paintings show fishing scenes and a cityscape graces the former Great Chamber.

Other features include evocative exposed timbers in the attic, a fine original spiral oak staircase in the turret, soaring chimneys, a cobbled courtyard, a peaceful walled garden with secret bee boles.

Eastbury Manor House is a Grade I listed Elizabethan building, c.1573.

Eastbury Kitchen

Enjoy tea and coffee, delicious scones, homemade cakes and hot or cold lunches in the Eastbury kitchen on all open days. Look out for themed Eastbury Kitchen menus on event days.

Afternoon teas are available (advance booking only):

  • £22 per person standard
  • £26 per person with a glass of Prosecco

Find out more

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Eastbury Manor House - National Trust site

Please note, the Old Hall, the Summer Parlour and the Walled Garden will be closed on Sunday 21 October between 11am and 1pm.

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Eastbury Manor House

Opening times

Eastbury Manor House is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, as follows:

  • Thursday 15 February to Friday 14 December 2018, 10am to 4pm - on Thursdays and Fridays only
  • Sunday 1 April to Sunday 16 December 2018, 11am to 4pm - on Sundays only

Disabled access

Eastbury Manor accessibility information at DisabledGo

How to find us

Directions and transport details:

How to get here - Eastbury Manor - National Trust site

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Our admission prices:

  • National Trust members - free
  • SPAB members - free
  • Barking and Dagenham residents - free  (bring proof of your address)
  • Adults - £5
  • Concessions - £2.50
  • Family (two adults and up to two children) - £9

Free entry for residents on themed Sunday Fundays - bring proof of address.

Eastbury kitchen

Afternoon teas are available (advance booking only):

  • £22 per person standard
  • £26 per person with a glass of Prosecco

Group visits with tour

One hour guided tours with experienced volunteer tour guides – make sure you book in advance:

  • Group - £4
  • Group tours during non-public open days - £10
  • Group tours during non-public open days (NT members) - £7

Catering is available by booking in advance

Conference catering menu (PDF, 151.41 KB)

Venue hire sample menu (PDF, 197.24 KB)

Wine and beverage list (PDF, 167.55 KB)

Fill in and return our form to book a guided tour.

Booking form - group visits (PDF, 311.69 KB)

Fees and charges

Fees and charges 2018 updated (PDF, 21.37 KB)

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What’s on

Find out what on and forthcoming at Eastbury Manor House:

Events listing 

Heritage email alerts

Purchase tickets for upcoming events on Eventbrite

Permanent display

The permanent exhibition in our atmospheric attics explores the history of the house, spanning more than six centuries, from its rural beginnings to the wider urban development and the 1920’s housing estate.

Discover unique 17th-century wall paintings in the Painted Chamber and learn more about the extraordinary survival of this remarkable house.

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A striking Elizabethan merchant’s house and gardens

Eastbury wall frescoEastbury Manor House was built by Clement Sysley during the reign of Elizabeth I.

It was originally in an isolated position, on rising ground with views of the Thames across marshland to the south.

The exterior retains its original appearance. The earliest dated items, such as a lead rainwater hopper head, were produced in the 1570s.

Eastbury (sometimes known as Eastbury Hall) was the country house of gentry families for the earlier part of its history.

By the 18th and 19th centuries it was inhabited by a succession of tenants such as yeoman farmers, butchers and graziers.
They fattened cattle on the rich marshland pasture before selling them in the London markets.

The house gradually fell into decay. One of its two octagonal stair turrets was pulled down in the early 19th century, and one room was even used as a stable.

It was in danger of complete demolition until 1918 when it was purchased by the National Trust.

Manor of Eastbury - information sheet (PDF, 99.55 KB)


Eastbury has its very own group of volunteers who spend lots of time uncovering new information about Eastbury’s varied history.

This research has contributed greatly to both information and display panels that you see in the house and also during our event talks.

There’s always something new to be discovered and we are lucky to have a dedicated voluntary group to work to enhance your experience of Eastbury.

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Tudor exterior

Eastbury Manor atticThe exterior of Eastbury Manor House is a superb example of the Elizabethan gentry house.

It was constructed using traditional methods.

It has two main storeys, with an attic above, and cellar below and is built to an H-shaped plan with a brick-walled courtyard to the south.

The English Bond red brickwork is enhanced with ‘diaper-work’ patterns in grey brick.

There is also much use of moulded bricks, notably the pediment of the Transitional-style north entrance porch.

The mullioned and transomed windows were originally finished with plaster, stained to imitate stonework.

Interior features

Eastbury spiral staircaseSome fascinating period features remain inside Eastbury Manor House.

The west wing was traditionally the service wing. The servants’ hall has been restored, and oak panelling painted ‘Eastbury Brown’ gives the room a warm appearance.

Upstairs, two high-status rooms formerly used by residents were decorated with wall paintings. Frescoes depicting fishing scenes survive in the Painted Room.

Others which used to grace the elegant Long Gallery have disappeared. However, the sole remaining Tudor fireplace can be seen there.

In the west wing, a remarkable original newel post oak staircase provides access to the western octagonal turret.

In the attic you can see the construction of the timber skeleton of the house.

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Eastbury Manor House is available for business events

We specialise in:

  • conferences
  • seminars
  • away days
  • networking events

We can also offer refreshments and catering for your event.

Booking form and commercial hire guide

Information on available spaces, refreshments and what else we can offer you.

EMH fees and charges 2018 (PDF, 21.37 KB)

Conference catering menu (PDF, 151.41 KB)

EMH commercial-hire brochure 2017 (PDF, 1.15 MB)

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Table dressing for- Civil CeremonyEastbury Manor House is the perfect location to host your special celebration.

Set in tranquil gardens, this Grade I listed building is an outstanding example of an Elizabethan gentry house.

It’s one of London’s hidden architectural gems.

We offer:

  • civil ceremonies
  • naming ceremonies
  • renewal of vows

as well as providing a venue for wedding breakfasts and receptions.

Special events

You can also hire rooms for any special function you have planned like:

  • birthdays
  • Mehndi ceremonies
  • anniversaries
  • retirement parties
  • funeral teas

We appreciate everyone’s vision of creating their perfect day can be different, so we offer tailored packages to suit your needs.

Our events team are on hand to help and advise you through the booking process, right up to your special day.

Eastbury Manor House functions

EMH fees and charges 2018 (PDF, 21.37 KB)

Contact us for more information, to make a provisional booking or to check availability.

We are more than happy to book viewings of the house and grounds.

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Eastbury Manor House offers a variety of volunteering opportunities including welcome host, gardening, visitor experience and research.

If you are interested in volunteering at Eastbury Manor House, please contact us.

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This historic house has delivered formal learning opportunities for schools since 1997.

We provide:

  • an award-winning, cross-curricular heritage education programme for schools
  • professional facilitators with a diverse set of skills and knowledge
  • an immersive learning environment to spark pupils’ imagination
  • 500 years of history from the Dissolution of Barking Abbey, in 1539, to the present day
  • a safe environment for pupils
  • souvenirs, refreshments and catering on request (at an additional cost)

Eastbury supports teachers in delivering the National Curriculum for primary, secondary and SEND pupils.

We use Eastbury’s historic rooms and gardens, and unique history to inspire curiosity through a range of hands-on and engaging learning opportunities.

The sessions are led by experienced and knowledgeable facilitators who help to build upon pupils’ knowledge with an interactive approach.

Our facilitators make learning fun for all ages and abilities.

Our workshops can be tailored to meet the needs of Early Years and Special Educational Needs and Disability teaching.

EMH Schools Education Programme 2017-18 (PDF, 1.32 MB)

For sessions for secondary school-aged pupils please contact:

Tamara Horbacka

020 8227 2946

To book a workshop for KS1/2 please contact us.

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Eastbury Manor House offers a range of different workshops including themes such as Turrets and Tiaras, Down with the Abbey and Tudor Kings and Queens.

Sample workshops:

EMH Schools Education Programme 2017-18 (PDF, 1.32 MB)

Our home, your home

Eastbury has played an important part in local history since the time it was built in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

During this session pupils will:

  • explore Tudor toys and past times
  • handle replica objects and take part in role play
  • discover how family life in this Tudor home differs from your own.

Curriculum links:

  • Early Years Understanding the World and People and Communities
  • KS1 Significant Historical Events (people and places in their own locality)
  • KS1 Events beyond Living Memory (significant nationally and globally)

Subject(s): History and Science.

Topic: Local History, Early Years and KS1.

Length: Full-day.

Maths in the Manor (activity)

This activity can be chosen as part of the ‘Meet the Sisley family’ workshop.

Using the architecture of Eastbury this activity explores maths skills.

During this activity pupils will:

  • count, measure, and record numbers and distances to help the builders design a new master bedroom
  • use directions to help the servants find their way around the house and garden
  • use knowledge of symmetry to help Mr Sisley plan a new walled garden to impress his visitors
  • use knowledge and understanding of time and money to plan Thomas Sisley’s budget for university

Maths curriculum links:

  • KS2 Solving problems demanding efficient written and mental methods of calculation

Subject(s): History, Maths.

Topic: Measurement, KS2.

Length: 1-hour.

Elizabethan Life

Explore everyday life in Elizabethan times.

During this session pupils will:

  • explore the architecture, building and gardens  to discover how the area has changed from farmland to London suburb
  • learn about Elizabethan clothing, such as doublets, ruffs, kirtles and farthingales;
  • gain an understanding of clothing and how sumptuary laws influenced dress
  • take part in object handling, role play and dress up in replica costumes
  • learn Elizabethan games, and find about other leisure past times of the period.

Curriculum links:

  • KS1 The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements
  • KS1 Compare aspects of life in different periods, for example: local Tudors and Queen Elizabeth I
  • KS2 A Local History Study (beyond 1066)

Subject: History

Topic: Tudors, KS1/KS2

Length: Full-day

The Gunpowder Plot

Discover the rumours linking Eastbury with the Gunpowder Plotters, and find out about the religious divide in England.

During this session pupils will:

  • learn about John Moore’s links to the Treshams
  • take part in ‘plotters and spies’ activity to code and decode messages and understand the meaning of Lord Monteagle’s letter
  • make a plotters’ hat and spies’ lantern
  • play the ‘Protestant and Catholic’ floor game to learn about religious persecution
  • take part in role play to create a tableaux of the events using costumes and props

History curriculum links:

  • KS2 A Local History Study (beyond 1066)
  • KS2 The Lives of Significant Individuals in the Past (national and international), for instance Guy Fawkes’ plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605

Subject(s): History, Literacy, Maths and PHSE.

Topic: Tudors and Stuarts, KS2.

Length: Full-day.

Eastbury Manor House

Eastbury Square, Barking IG11 9SN

020 8227 2942

Heritage Lottery Funded

Heritage Lottery Fund Lottery Funded.