The Merchant's House
The House of Thomas Bayly was built following the Great Fire of Marlborough in 1653. Over the years 1653-1700 a fine timber and brick building was constructed, its interior panelled, brilliant with wall paintings and a commanding oak staircase.
Its position in Marlborough's lively High Street is a reminder that it was both the shop and the home of a prosperous Puritan family. The Baylys lived through the English Civil War and the republican Commonwealth as well as the Great Fiore in which they lost their previous home.
By careful conservation of the building and the use of appropriate 17th century furnishing, the Merchant's House Trust is bringing back to life the home of a family who lived through one of the most tumultuous but fascinating periods of English history. A substantial number of original features survives and hidden painted decoration continues to be revealed. The on going conservation makes the Merchant's House a special and unusual place to visit,.