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A glorious restoration of a 17th Century silk merchant's house
Thomas Bayly, a silk mercer and prominent Marlborough citizen (twice Mayor), ran his business and brought up his family at what is now 132/3 High Street in a time of great change both locally and nationally.
In 1642 one of the earliest Civil War battles took place in the heart of the town and Marlborough gained a reputation for its firm commitment to the parliamentary cause.Eleven years later, in 1653, the town was destroyed in a huge fire necessitating a rebuild of which the Merchant's House was part.
The house is a rare and remarkable survival. It provides an insight into the lifestyle and interests of a middle-class family during a century when modern Britain - an outward looking, emerging capitalist country and one with a maturing political life - was coming into being.
We are learning a lot about the Baylys and 17th century Marlborough. We hope a visit to this fascinating building will help you do the same. Book your visit online,email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01672 511491.
The House and Garden are open 6 days a week, from April until October:
Adult: £7.50Child (under 16): £1.00
The Merchants House Trust agreed to set up a Marlborough Museum as part of their commitment to the Town. Over many years’ items of local interest from the surrounding areas have been collected and stored in readiness for this day. The collection seeks to cover the history of the town and its villages beginning in the 18th century and going up to the period following the second world war.
In 2017 the Trust received a very generous donation that allowed this project to get off the ground. The Trust would match fund the costs going forward to create the Marlborough Museum.
We are open from April to October.
Friday: 10am until 4pm
Saturday: 10am until 4pm
Admission charges: Adults £3, Children U16 are free.