News dot2left cropped500pxt
  • Jazz Fest Sat 572
  • IMG 8472-2
  • Silbury-Sunset---10-06-08-----07-2
  • MYFC 005
  • TdB-Pewsey 044
  • Torch-2012-05-23 093-
  • Bluebells-in-West-Woods-10-05-09------30
  • Xmas-Lights-2011-11-24 10
  • D4S9273
  • Camilla-2012-10-19 152
  • 4MI-2013-11-28 030
  • Hares 017cropped
  • Christmas-Lights 15-11-20 097
  • Mop-Fair---10-10-09------08
  • Civic Selfie1
  • IMG 9097-2
  • Big-Bull
  • ARK Manton -2012-01-14 49-
  • Town-Hall-2011-05-03 08-2
  • D812668
  • Sunset2
  • Marlborough-2013-04-18 St Peters-2
  • Landscape
  • Duke-of-Kent 086
  • D4S0472

 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tottenham House development plans: it's the new buildings that are stirring up objections

17-02-2018

The planning applications for the restoration of Tottenham House and for the extensive developments on the estate that surrounds it, have raised fears among local residents about the scale of new building that is planned and its effect on surrounding villages.

Read more

Police appeal for information after Marlborough burglary

16-02-2018

Police would like to hear from anyone who could help following an unsuccessful burglary attempt at a business in Marlborough on Monday of this week (12 February).   

Read more

Marlborough Rugby youngsters achieve call-up to England squad

16-02-2018

Two of Marlborough Rugby Club's up and coming young players have been selected for the England Under 18s squad to tour France this coming Summer.

Read more

Electrician Team Leader - Marlborough College

16-02-2018

  Electrician Team Leader     An excellent opportunity has arisen for an Electrician Team Leader to lead our existing small team of Electricians, undertaking appropriate repairs, maintenance and improvements in a variety of interesting College buildings, set in a pleasant environment. Ideally, you will come from a multi-site background with experience of electrical...

Read more

Yet more of the High Street's independent retail sparkle is extinguished - Lighting of Distinction to close after more than…

15-02-2018 Sue Round

Lighting of Distinction, with its vast range of lamps and light fittings as well as all things electrical from toasters and kettles to radios and clocks, will close no later than May.  Following hard on the heels of East it is the latest casualty in Marlborough’s High Street.

Read more

Future of the Three Horseshoes in Burbage

14-02-2018 Gary Rawlinson

Sirs,  You are correct in saying that any new owner of the Three Horseshoes in Burbage could seek to run the business down and that permission for 'change of use' can be given if it can be shown that the pub is unviable (Wadworths are selling the Three Horseshoes, Jan...

Read more

Brexit tales: disguising EU funding

14-02-2018

  Next month Brexit will be a year away - how have we got to this position?  Partly it is simply a matter of the British Government's failure to acknowledge and explain the benefits the EU has brought us over the years.It is still happening.  Claire Perry MP sends out a...

Read more

An invitation to join the Raspberry revolution...in Marlborough

14-02-2018 Geoff Brickell

Marlborough's first 'Raspberry Jam' is being held on Sunday, March 4 - part of worldwide celebrations to mark the sixth birthday of the Raspberry Pi mini computer. 

Read more

Marlborough in Bloom 2018 - going for gold again

14-02-2018 Sue Round

Having achieved Gold in the 2017 Royal Horticultural Society’s ‘South West in Bloom’ competition this year’s Marlborough in Bloom Committee are not going to rest on their laurels.  

Read more

Dates for your diary: rail services suspended as electrification work approaches Newbury

13-02-2018

The electrification of the line from Paddington as far as Newbury - but no further - means temporary closures of the line between Pewsey and Theale with train services from and to Pewsey and Bedwyn suspended for various four-day, mid-week periods during the year. 

Read more

st peter's church

 

St PetersSt PetersMarlborough High Street is flanked at each end by a church. And every Saturday, the church of St Peter's at the western (Devizes) end of High Street opens its tower to tourists – for those happy to climb the 138 steps to reach the top.

The tower affords pretty much unparalleled views over Marlborough town centre, but also reveals one of its best-kept secrets – Britain's widest high street is kinky.

From ground level you wouldn't know it, but from the tower you can see that High Street has a definite curve. The reason? High Street was laid out by Norman town planners, back in the days when the town had a castle.

To the south of High Street curves the River Kennet, which was prone to seasonal floods. The high street is laid out at the point nearest the river which is not on the flood plane – hence the curve.

There's been a church on this spot since 1100, although the present St Peter's was rebuilt in 1460. It is best known as the place where Cardinal Thomas Wolsey – one of the most powerful men in the land under Henry VIII – was ordained.

In 1974 the church was declared redundant and a few years later Wiltshire Council proposed a super new roundabout for the town, which would have required the demolition of the building.  From the public outcry the St Peter's Church Trust was born, and thanks to their efforts the historic church still stands – although we never got our roundabout, which we're sure would have been equally impressive.

 

St Peters from the High StreetSt Peters from the High Street

 

 

back to 'visiting marlborough'

Print Email

  • Sunset2
  • D4S9273
  • Marlborough-2013-04-18 St Peters-2
  • Torch-2012-05-23 093-
  • Xmas-Lights-2011-11-24 10
  • Big-Bull
  • TdB-Pewsey 044
  • MYFC 005
  • IMG 9097-2
  • ARK Manton -2012-01-14 49-
  • D4S0472
  • Bluebells-in-West-Woods-10-05-09------30
  • 4MI-2013-11-28 030
  • IMG 8472-2
  • Christmas-Lights 15-11-20 097
  • Civic Selfie1
  • Mop-Fair---10-10-09------08
  • D812668
  • Town-Hall-2011-05-03 08-2
  • Jazz Fest Sat 572
  • Silbury-Sunset---10-06-08-----07-2
  • Camilla-2012-10-19 152
  • Hares 017cropped
  • Duke-of-Kent 086
  • Landscape