The Merchant's House Marlborough

A glorious restoration of a 17th Century silk merchant's house

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After nearly 370 years this iconic 17th century building
is in need of repair.

Please help to ensure The Merchant's House is in good shape for future generations by supporting our 30th Anniversary Appeal.
Over the past year the Trust has commissioned a report on the state of the building, it was discovered that a great deal of work was required on the roof and many other aspects of the building. 

We need your help now to raise £150,000
The Merchant's House Shop is Hiring! 

We are looking for a part time / seasonal temp for 22 hours a week shop assistant to work in the shop for a minimum of 22 hours a week, over 4 days to include weekend work. The days required are Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Sunday working will only be required from 1st November to 24th December.
Main responsibilities to the post:
  • To sell to customers and have a high level of customer service and professionalism
  • Take ownership of the stock room and maintain order
  • To take deliveries of stock, check quality, price accordingly and help display in the shop
  • Ensure the shop is cleaned and hoovered daily before opening and keeping the staff kitchen clean
The candidate should be self-motivated, proactive, organised and flexible with hours of work. We require someone with at least 1 year of retail experience in the same or similar product area. Rate of pay is £10 per hour.
Closing date for applications is Wednesday 22nd September.
Start date is Friday 1st October.
Please send a CV and covering letter detailing experience to;
Jessica Taylor at

The 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.

Set on the wide high street of the vibrant market town of Marlborough which is bursting with history and character is the house of Thomas Bayly.

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The aim of the shop is to provide presents for everyone! The stock is extremely varied to cater for all tastes and all profits go to back to the House fund.

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We organise a wide variety of events in order to help increase knowledge as well as appreciation of the time in which The Merchant's House was built (1653).

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We welcome visits from schools, and have developed a morning programme which is informative and fun. Recommended age groups Y3 to Y7, for 5 to 36 children.

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The Marlborough Museum, displaying items of local interest from the 18th century to the 1950s, has been set up as part of our commitment to the Town.

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