Barking’s Eastbury Manor House celebrates centenary since it was almost knocked down
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Eastbury Manor House is celebrating one hundred years since it was saved from demolition.
After falling into disrepair, the Barking house was in danger of being torn down when it was bought by The National Trust in 1918.
On July 15, people are being invited to celebrate the saviour of the building with a day of crafts, tours and food.
The house was built by Clement Sysley during Elizabeth I’s reign. Its earliest dated features were made in the 1570s, and much of the exterior is still the same.
The building gradually became dilapidated, with two turrets being torn down in the early 1800s.
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It was architect William Weir, a member of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, who helped to prevent its demolition.
There will be arts and crafts workshops from experts exploring the architecture of the building, along with guided tours and hot and cold lunches.
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Admission and most activities are free, and the event takes place from 11am until 4pm.