In 1915, the lock millionaire Cecil Chubb bought his wife Stonehenge. She didn’t like it, so in 1918 he gave it to The United Kingdom.

Cecil Chubb

Sir Cecil Chubb in May 1926 on board RMS Aquitania

Sir Cecil Herbert Edward Chubb, 1st Baronet (14 April 1876 – 22 September 1934), was the last private owner of Stonehenge prehistoric monument, Wiltshire, which he donated to the British government in 1918.

Early life and education

Cecil Chubb was born in Shrewton, a village 4 miles (6.4 km) west of Stonehenge, the eldest son of Alfred and Mary Chubb. His father, “Fred”, was the village saddler and harness maker, as was his father before him. Cecil attended the local village school and then the Bishop Wordsworth’s School in Salisbury, where from the age of 14 he worked for a time as a student teacher.

Chubb met his future wife at a cricket game between his Bishop Wordsworth …
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