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About Marlborough

 

 

Marlborough  is amarket town and civil parish in the English county of Wiltshire on the Old Bath Road, the old main road from London to Bath. It boasts the second widest high street in Britain, after Stockton-on-Tees. The town is on the River Kennet.

 

 

 

High Street, Marlborough from St Peter's church roof - geograph.org.uk - 460662.jpg
High Street









History

The earliest sign of human habitation is a 62 feet (19 m) high prehistorictumulus in the grounds of Marlborough College. Recent radiocarbon datinghas found it to date from about 2400 BC. It is of similar age to the larger  Silbury Hill about 5 miles (8.0 km) west of the town. Legend has it that the Mound is the burial site of Merlin and that the name of the town, Marlborough comes from Merlin's Barrow. On John Speed's map of Wiltshire(1611), the town's name is recorded as Marlinges boroe. The town's motto is Ubi nunc sapientis ossa Merlini - Where now are the bones of wise Merlin. More plausibly, the town's name probably derives from the medieval term for chalky ground "marl" – thus "town on chalk".

Further evidence of human occupation comes from the discovery of theMarlborough Bucket, an Iron Age burial bucket, with decorations of human heads and animals on sheet bronze, now on display at the Wiltshire Heritage Museum in Devizes.

Roman remains and coins have been found two miles to the east of Marlborough, at Mildenhall (Cunetio). A later Saxon settlement grew up around The Green and two early river crossings were made at Isbury Lane and Stonebridge Lane.

In 1067 William the Conqueror assumed control of the Marlborough area and set about building a wooden motte and bailey castle, sited on the prehistoric mound. This was completed in around 1100. Stone was used to strengthen the castle in around 1175. The first written record of Marlborough dates from theDomesday Book in 1087. William also established a mint in Marlborough, which coined the William I and the early William IIsilver pennies. The coins display the name of the town as Maerlebi or Maerleber.

He also established the neighbouring Savernake Forest as a favourite Royal hunting ground and Marlborough Castle became a Royal residence. Henry I observed Easter here in 1110. Henry II stayed at Marlborough Castle in talks with the King of Scotland. His son, Richard I (Coeur de Lion) gave the castle to his brother John, in 1186. King John was married here and spent time in Marlborough. He even established a Treasury.

 





 

Marlborough Market







 

St Mary's parish church






 

Town events

 

 

Every summer the town holds a jazz festival with local pubs, clubs, hotels and various other venues playing host to live jazz music over the course of a weekend. The Marlborough mop fair was originally a hiring fair for agricultural workers seeking employment, but now has become a travelling funfair. The right of the town to close the road to hold the fair is set down in the 1204 Charter. It takes place over two weekends in October, as the "big mop" and "little mop" fairs. In 2014 these were set for 3/4 and 17/18 October.







Notable buildings

 

 

On the north side of the high street is the Merchant's House, which is currently under restoration but part of which is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays in summer. The house was built following the Great Fire of 1653. It was the property of a silk merchant and, rarely for a house of this type in a town centre, still retains its original room pattern. Notable are the wall paintings recently uncovered, which are undergoing conservation. One room painted in a striped pattern, copying silk hangings, is perhaps unique in Great Britain.








Education



Marlborough College, an independent boarding school, is located on the west side of the town.

The town's local authority secondary school, St John's Academy had been considered an above average school and sixth form college by OFSTED, but in the June 2014 report it was considered outstanding.  It was formed when the former Marlborough Grammar School and secondary modern school were amalgamated. There is also a junior school, St Peter's and an infants school, St Mary's, which are named after the two churches in Marlborough.




 






 

Religion



Church of England

 

St Peter's former parish church


 

The town is at the heart of the Church of England Marlborough Deanery in the Diocese of Salisbury in the Province of Canterbury. The Rural Dean has responsibility for the Benefices of Marlborough, Ridgeway, Upper Kennet and Whitton which in total comprise 16 parishes. Of the town's two Church of England parish churches, St Peter's has been made redundantand converted into an arts centre. St Mary's remains in use for worship.

The late renowned jockey Sir Gordon Richards is buried in the new cemetery on Marlborough Common,the second of two such cemeteries to be opened after the two churchyards stopped being used for burials.







 Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marlborough,_Wiltshire


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