The wooden castle was built by William the conqueror as his invasion force came to the West Country in 1086.
A market has occured in Marlborough throughout its history as was vital to trading in the town.
Marlborough common exists at the heart of the settlement.
Marlborough’s position on the main London to Bristol road made it a centre of trade and industry.
Prosperity came from the town’s many inns catering for travellers on the main London to Bristol road.