Eastbury Manor House celebrates 100 years since it was saved from demolition
Eastbury Manor House launched their ‘We Love Eastbury’ campaign this week, to celebrate 100 years since the iconic building was saved from demolition.
The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) teamed up with the National Trust a century ago, to ensure that the Grade I listed Elizabethan house in Barking remained intact.
The 16th century gentry house became the first site in London to be acquired by the National Trust in 1918. Today it is home to a wide range of arts, heritage and community activities, and is managed by the council with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
To commemorate this important anniversary, the ‘We Love Eastbury’ campaign was launched on Wednesday 14 February, where Eastbury Manor House’s new logo and merchandise were unveiled.
A year of celebrations will see Barking and Dagenham residents and SPAB members have free access to the house throughout 2018. Residents will simply need to register and provide proof of address to enter the fascinating Tudor house.
‘Eastbury Manor House is undoubtedly an architectural treasure’
Councillor Saima Ashraf, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Community Leadership and Engagement, is encouraging residents to visit one of the borough’s most historic buildings:
“Eastbury Manor House is undoubtedly an architectural treasure for residents of Barking and Dagenham to enjoy,” she said.
“I sincerely hope that people in the borough will take advantage of the chance to visit for free this year, as the house celebrates a century since it survived the threat of demolition.”
Matthew Slocombe, Director of SPAB, also reflected on the events of a century ago, saying:
“We’re delighted to celebrate Eastbury’s connection with the SPAB this year.
“Eastbury is a hidden Tudor gem in London and we’re very proud that, through the actions of the SPAB 100 years ago, this building has survived for people to enjoy today.”
Visitors will be able to take a look around on Thursdays and Fridays (10am to 4pm), from 15 February – 14 December 2018. The house will also be open on Sundays (11am to 4pm) from 1 April – 16 December 2018.
Keep an eye out for Eastbury’s upcoming programme of events, which includes family fun days, craft workshops and tours.
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