History of Eastbury Manor House

Wall painting in Eastbury Manor HouseEastbury 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.

After being the country house of gentry families for the earlier part of its history, by the 18th and 19th centuries, Eastbury (sometimes known as Eastbury Hall) 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.

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