Return of the Borough SealA surprise presentation for the Town Council
On Monday, 23 January our Mayor, Councillor Lisa Farrell expressed profound thanks to Mr Nigel Kerton and to a “Good Samaritan” member of the public for the return of the ‘lost’ Seal of the Borough Council. The Common Seal stamp (impressed into warm sealing wax to officially ‘seal’ documents), still in its original box, had passed through various hands in the past 50 years after a former mayor had taken it home for safe keeping.
It eventually passed into the hands of a civic-minded member of the public, who took it to Mr Kerton. Nigel agreed that it should be returned to the Town Council, perhaps for display in the town’s museum.
The seal is engraved with the Borough Arms and the wording reads "The seal of the Mayor Aldermen and Burgesses of the Borough of Marlborough 1836".
The Borough is first mentioned in 1086 when it paid a third of its revenues to the Crown. Read more at https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/wilts/vol12/pp199-229