26 Oc­to­ber 1918

Countryfile Magazine - - Month In The Country -

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.

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