About The Merchant’s House
The Merchant’s House in Marlborough was built by Thomas Bayly following the Great Fire of Marlborough in 1653. Thomas Bayly was a prosperous silk merchant and leading citizen of Marlborough and lived in the house with his wife, 9 children and servants.
The House is being restored by a charitable trust and presents a rare opportunity to view a 17th century house, the type many of us may have lived in. Many splendours are being revealed as the conservation progresses including original 300 year old wall paintings currently unknown elsewhere in the UK.
Behind The Merchant’s House is a garden which has been modelled on the formal designs of the late 17th century. All plants have been carefully researched and were grown in the UK before 1700 including a small orchard and herb garden.