National Trust Eastbury Manor House

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Elizabethan merchant’s house and gardens in Barking, reputedly where the Gunpowder Plot was first contrived

Eastbury Manor House is a fine example of an Elizabethan building situated in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham in Greater London, England. The House is in the ownership of the National Trust.

The land on which Eastbury House now stands was once part of the demesne of Barking Abbey. It was built in 1570s by a wealthy merchant Clement Sisley, who purchased the land after the dissolution of Barking Abbey. It probably was the first brick built building in the area at that time, it had glass windows and very high chimneys, indicating the wealth of the house owner. Glass was probably imported from Italy as at that time English glass was relatively poor in quality. A dendrochronology survey dates a timber framework to 1566 and there is documentary evidence which describes the dates 1572 carved in the brickwork and 1573 on a lead water spout indicating finishing touches to the building.

Eastbury Manor House is now managed by London Borough of Barking and Dagenham but it is a part of the National Trust. The House has been given Grade I listed status in 1954. It is open to the public on Mondays, Tuesdays and first and the second Saturdays of every month.

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