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The Merchant's House, Marlborough

The Merchant's House

132 High Street
Marlborough
Wiltshire
SN8 1HN
Tel: +44(0)1672 511491
Fax: +44(0)1672 511491
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The House of Thomas Bayly, Silk Merchant, was built following the Great Fire of Marlborough in 1653.

In the years 1653 to 1700 a fine timber and brick building was constructed, its interior brilliant with wall paintings, panelling and a commanding oak staircase. A substantial amount of this fabric survives and hidden painted decoration is still being revealed.

The facade fronting the High Street is timber-framed with tile hanging. At the rear is a wing of brick construction.

Thomas Bayly was a prosperous silk mercer whole lifestyle is reflected in the spacious and elegant rooms. Contrary to populist literature, the typical Puritan 'middling' household enjoyed music, alcohol and bright and cheerful clothes and surroundings. Recent researches have shown that domestic life was lived to the full, religion was a central and guiding influence on all.

The Merchant's House, Marlborough

Facilities
Historic House, Gardens, Private Group Tours, School Tours Available,

Leisure facilities
Golf, Fishing, Riding, Historic Houses, Museums, nearby

Additional Services
Most of us are familiar with homes of the aristocracy, this house affords us the opportunity to explore a 17th century house of the type a rich merchant would have lived in.

Many rooms to explore

Ongoing conservation to see what has been accomplished and what has to be done.

Library and Archives supporting the history of the 17th century and the history of Marlborough

In case of alteration, please check prices, opening times and any specific important information before booking or visiting

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