STONEHENGE DONATED TO THE NATION
26 October 1918
Cecil Chubb bought Stonehenge apparently on a whim. Born just four miles away, he was familiar with the ancient stones, so when the Antrobus family put the site up for auction in 1915, he thought he’d take a look. He had made his wealth running Europe’s largest private psychiatric hospital. His speculative bid of £6,600 – equivalent to about half a million pounds today – was accepted. But just three years later, on 26 October, he gave Stonehenge to the nation. One rumour had it that he’d offered the stones as a gift to his wife but she wasn’t impressed. Still, he did receive a baronetcy from PM Lloyd George for his generosity.