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A C17 Silk Merchants house in Marlborough in the morning, followed by an afternoon visit to the Wadsworth Brewery in Devizes.

The Merchant House of Thomas Bayly, Silk Merchant, was built following the Great Fire of Marlborough in 1653. Over the years 1653 to 1700 a fine timber and brick building was constructed, its interior brilliant with wall paintings, panelling and a commanding oak staircase. A substantial amount of this fabric survives and previously hidden painted decoration is still being revealed. We have a private guided tour before the house opens to the public.

Refreshments are available to purchase close by in the town.

In the afternoon: In Devizes, a room is booked for our party to have a sandwich lunch with tea and coffee, in The Crown Inn, provided this is pre-ordered on the Booking Form, at the optional price of £6.50. We then walk next door to: The Wadsworth Brewery, a Victorian Tower Brewery completed in 1885. The type of building was typical for the period; electricity distribution had not been developed and the only power assistance resulted in the fashion of building a tall tower type brewery using what power there was to lift the ingredients of the brew to the top of the brewery and letting gravity power apply thereafter in the various stages of brewing. We have a private guided tour at 2.00 pm. The tour will last for about 2½ hours and we stress that it will involve iron stairs going up 3 floors, with sometimes wet floors, so stout footwear is recommended and an able constitution! There is a ground floor visitor centre however.

Date and time

Saturday July 8th

Coach Pick up St Giles 8.45 am, Water Eaton Park and Ride 9.00 am

Return Water Eaton c 6.15pm, St Giles c 6.00 pm

Book by June 17th

Cost £32


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Cancellations will be accepted up to the time of the Book by Date, and refunds made, subject to a £5.00 administration fee per booking being deducted. No refunds will be made after the Book by Date. Members can edit other details of their bookings on the website up to the 'book by' date. Members wishing to cancel, or experiencing any difficulties booking should contact

If you wish to use your own transport, the full cost of the Excursion will still have to be made, but let us know if this is the case as car parking is limited at the Private House venues.

Please don't contact the individual guides about booking issues. Use the email just given.

Fuller details will be sent by email to participants a week before the excursion.

Postal enquiries and cheque paymnents should be sent to
John Hine
Excursions Secretary
Canal Lodge
Shipton on Cherwell

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