The merchant in question is Thomas Bayly, a prosperous silk merchant whose 17th-century house graces Marlborough's picturesque High Street. Built following the Great Fire of Marlborough in 1653, the house is spacious and elegantly proportioned and, although home to a Puritan family, contains nationally acclaimed wall paintings and colourful decorative features. Some of the rooms that can be visited include the kitchen, panelled chamber, servant’s bedchamber and the grand staircase, all of which have been painstakingly restored to their 17th-century glory. Outside is a typical townhouse garden of the period, also carefully researched and restored, enclosed by a hornbeam hedge. The house is a venue for the performance of early music and there is a well-stocked shop located on the ground floor.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
Assist dogs allowed
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking nearby
- Facilities: Stairlift from ground to first floor
- Opening Times: Open Apr-Oct. Tours Mon 11.30 & 1.30, Tue, Fri-Sat 10.30, 12, 1.30 & 3, Group visits by arrangement throughout the year
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About the area
A land shrouded in mystery, myth and legend, Wiltshire evokes images of ancient stone circles, white chalk horses carved into hillsides, crop circles and the forbidden, empty landscape of Salisbury Plain. To many M4 and A303 drivers heading out of London through the clutter of the Thames Valley, Wiltshire is where the landscape opens out and rural England begins.
Wiltshire’s charm lies in the beauty of its countryside. The expansive chalk landscapes of the Marlborough and Pewsey downs and Cranborne Chase inspire a sense of space and freedom, offering miles of uninterrupted views deep into Dorset, Somerset and the Cotswolds. Wiltshire’s thriving market towns and picturesque villages provide worthwhile visits and welcome diversions. Stroll through quaint timbered and thatched villages in the southern Woodford and Avon valleys and explore the historic streets of the stone villages of Lacock, Castle Combe and Sherston. Walk around Salisbury and discover architectural styles from the 13th century to the present and take time to visit the city’s elegant cathedral and fascinating museums. And if all of that isn’t enough, the county is also richly endowed with manor houses, mansions and beautiful gardens.
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