Our Cause

The Merchant's House Trust was established in 1991 when the major part of the current property fell vacant and was acquired by Marlborough Town Council with the intention of setting up a town museum. This remains an objective of the Trust. However, once work began on the House it was revealed to be an important historic discovery in its own right meriting careful conservation and it was decided that most of the initial emphasis should be placed on this work. In addition, the town museum, with rolling exhibitions and items of local historical interest, is sited in the 18th century extension to the House.

Our aim is to restore and refurbish the House to the highest standards, rolling back time for visitors to when Thomas Bayly, silk merchant and leading citizen of Marlborough, lived there with his family and servants. Regular guided tours of this magnificent restored 17th Century house are offered from mid-March to mid-October.