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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,.
Where is The Merchant's House located?
The Merchant's House Marlborough is situated on Marlborough's magnificent wide vibrant bustling high street with lots of shops, resturants and markets on Wednesday and Saturday.
Marvellous restoration on-going, most impressive and excellent guide informing us.
Loved our tour so much, what a fascinating House! Will hope to return, thankyou.
S & MM
A brilliant guide with great description of a spectacular House.
Keep up the good work, I am astounded by what has been done.
Really enjoyable and informative - well worth seeing.
Beautifully brought back to life. Well done.
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