Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

Networkers to hear about future of one of oldest business premises

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The Merchants HouseMembers of Marlborough Chamber of Commerce will hear about changes at one of the town's oldest business premises at a networking event Wednesday, November 20.

The monthly networking breakfast will be addressed by Katie Fairfax-Ross, manager of The Merchant’s House Trust.

The Merchant’s House was rebuilt by the wealthy silk merchant on a plot that dates back to mediaeval times, the catastrophic fire in 1653 that destroyed the majority of the mediaeval and Tudor town.

In 1991 the building was leased by Marlborough Town Council to the Trust, which set about restoring the building, which contains some remarkable features: not least the hand-painted striped wallpaper in 'The Rainbow Room' – thought to be unique in Britain – and a painted balustrade on the walls of the grand staircase.

The property is now a museum, and has recently been extended to house artefacts from the town's history not directly associated with life in the 17th century.

The ground floor is occupied by a successful high-end gift shop.

Marlborough Chamber of Commerce meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 7.30am to 9am at Marlborough Golf Club for networking and to hear from a guest speaker.

Attendance costs £9, which includes a cooked breakfast. For more information, or to book a place, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.