A lawyer bought Stonehenge 100 years ago then donated it

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A Lawyer Bought Stonehenge 100 Years Ago Then Donated It

One hundred years ago, a wealthy barrister from the U.K. purchased the famous Stonehenge for 6,600 British pounds, or the equivalent of just over $1 million in current money terms.

Cecil Chubb had reportedly not intended to buy the monument at all, but when bidding at the auction began to stall, he decided to participate because he thought a local man like himself should buy it.

The landmark had been previously owned by a family for about one hundred years, but they decided to sell their properties, including Stonehenge, after the heir was killed in war.

Chubb's wife Mary was reportedly not happy about his purchase, perhaps because of the high cost.

The BBC reports Stonehenge's curator as recounting, "It's said that Mary wanted Cecil to buy a set of curtains at the auction. And he came back with something rather different."

Just three years later in 1918, he decided to donate the historical monument to the country on conditions regulating admission fees and shifting the access road.

As a result of this action, Chubb was granted a Knighthood to become First Baronet of Stonehenge.

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US President Barack Obama tours Stonehenge in Amesbury, Wiltshire, England, September 5, 2014. President Barack Obama said the new EU and US measures -- targeting Russia's defence, energy and financial sectors -- were needed to ensure 'follow-through' on the ceasefire, but said they could be lifted if the truce holds. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama greets locals as he tours Stonehenge in Amesbury, Wiltshire, England, September 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama tours Stonehenge in Amesbury, Wiltshire, England, September 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama tours Stonehenge in Amesbury, Wiltshire, England, September 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama tours Stonehenge in Amesbury, Wiltshire, England, September 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama greets locals as he tours Stonehenge in Amesbury, Wiltshire, England, September 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama tours Stonehenge in Amesbury, Wiltshire, England, September 5, 2014. Obama said Friday that EU and US sanctions against Russia would likely still be imposed despite a ceasefire in Ukraine, but could be lifted if it holds. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
WILTSHIRE, ENGLAND - JUNE 21: Revellers take part in celebrations to mark the summer solstice at Stonehenge prehistoric monument on June 21, 2014 in Wiltshire, England. An estimated 37,000 revellers and modern day druids gathered at Stonehenge, a tradition dating back thousands of years, to celebrate the solstice and watch the sunrise. (Photo by Rufus Cox/Getty Images)
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