Magical moments to discover in Marlborough
14 August 2020
The market-town of Marlborough is one steeped in history and nestled into the blissful Wiltshire. Arguably put on the map by its independent boarding school Marlborough College – whose former pupils include The Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Eugenie and comedian Jack Whitehall, the charming town has a lot more to offer than those than went to school there.
The Merchant’s House
The Merchant’s House is a spectacular, Grade II listed building that features many original features including its unaltered room system, panelling, stone chimney pieces and its impressive grand oak staircase. It offers an insight into the lifestyle and interests of a middle-class family during a century where modern Britain was taking its first tentative steps.
The House was largely rebuilt between by 1653 and 1656 by Thomas Bayly, a wealthy silk merchant, following a catastrophic fire in 1653 that destroyed most of the medieval and Tudor town.
St Peters Marlborough
St Peters Church stands at one end of Marlborough’s High Street and has a fascinating history dating back to 1100, most likely to serve the needs of those working in the nearby Norman castle. There aren’t precise dates for the construction of the church that stands there today however, though it’s estimated to have begun around 1460, with the basic structure still the same as it is now.
Thomas Wolsey, the former Lord Chancellor, and member of King Henry VIII’s Privy Council, was ordained as a priest at 1498 at the Church. Visitors to the Church today can go and visit the spot in which he was ordained.
Dating all the way back to 2400 BC is the Marlborough Mound, a 19-metre-high prehistoric monument that has served many different purposes since its construction. Once rumoured to be the burial site of Merlin, it is well documented that a medieval tower was built on the site as instructed by William the Conqueror, later being restored by Henry III. In more recent times restoration efforts have focussed on ensuring the mound remains structurally sound, and it now sits within the grounds of Marlborough college.
If you’re interested in living in a town with a rich history and a hint of magical mystery, you can now pre-book a one-to-one viewing of the last few available homes at Marlborough by, calling 01672 340 012 or emailing [email protected]. Prices start from £325,000.