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The sale of Stonehenge

The sale of Stonehenge

On 21st September 1915 Stonehenge was sold at auction by the Antrobus family from Amesbury.  John Turton Woolley of Woolley & Wallis acted for the purchaser Cecil Chubb, a local man born in Shrewton whose Father owned a Saddlery.  He rose to prominence as a Barrister via a grammar school education that led him to Cambridge University that enabled him to amass a fortune.  His wife sent him to purchase curtains at auction but instead he returned with a rather different gift.  Mary Chubb was apparently unimpressed, perhaps because the £6,600 purchase price equates to £680,000 in today’s money.  

Cecil Chubb bequeathed Stonehenge to the nation on 26th October 1918 and in recognition of this gift prime minister Lloyd George bestowed a knighthood upon Sir Cecil.

Woolley & Wallis Partner Ben Marshall was asked by Gyles Brandreth to value Stonehenge appearing on The One Show in November 2012.  The valuation exercise took into account the agricultural and commercial value of the site as a visitor attraction, however he came to the inevitable conclusion that the UNESCO world heritage site was of course priceless to the nation.

 
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