The Merchant's House Marlborough

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

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It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Sir John Sykes passed away on 15th October 2020.
To find out how to make a donation please click here.

To make a donation please either call the Trust Office on 01672 511491 or send a cheque made payable to The Merchant's House Trust to Katie Fairfax-Ross, Trust Manager, 132 High Street, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 1HN.  

Please use the Gift aid form as your donation will be worth an additional 25%.

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From Wednesday 2nd December
our Gift Shop will be open
every day until Christmas Eve.

 

Opening hours:
Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm
Sundays 11am to 3pm
Thursday 24th December 10am to 3pm


Our shop will close at 3pm on Christmas Eve and re-open in the New Year.  

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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There is always something happening at The Merchant's House!

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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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