Our member is researching the man who gave Stonehenge to the nation… Please help him out with any knowledge or links you might have….
Cecil Chubb By Stuart Anderson
Something less run related but linked to Stonehenge and Shrewton.
Stonehenge was bought at auction by Cecil Chubb on 21st September 1915 and subsequently offered to the nation in 1918 at a nationally reported ceremony. Cecil Chubb was from Shrewton.
He was born in Shrewton on 14th April 1876! Having been a pupil teacher at Shrewton School he taught at Bishop Wordsworth School before attending Cambridge University.
Through marriage he inherited Fisherton Manor and Laverstock Asylums. I notice not much of this once grand house in Fisherton exists today and his previous home of Bemerton Lodge opposite is a housing estate, the old Salisbury technology college and police station. Laverstock House and grounds is also a housing estate.
Perhaps members, friends and guests might have more information about Baronet Chubb when he was a child in Shrewton? Where was his house? Any relatives still in the village?
He died in 1934 and is buried in Devizes Road Cemetery. If he had not bought the stones which was refused as a gift by National Trust, who knows what might have happened… Although a tunnel would not be on the current plans if it had been shipped to The USA.
I wonder if his family were regulars at the Plume of Feathers?