Stonehenge - a
September the 21st 2015 marks an important anniversary in
Stonehenge’s long history. Exactly 100 years before this the Antrobus family of
West Amesbury sold some of their estate at auction, and in the auction
catalogue lot 15 was Stonehenge..... This was knocked down for the sum of
£6,600 to a local businessman, Cecil Chubb who had apparently gone to the
auction to buy chairs – but ended up on impulse buying Stonehenge!
A few years after Cecil Chubb generously gave Stonehenge to
the nation which meant that long overdue restoration work could start in
earnest. To commemorate the anniversary of the auction English Heritage is mounting
a special exhibition at the new Stonehenge visitor centre. As well as the
auction itself, the exhibition will look at the ways in which both Stonehenge
and the rich archaeological landscape that surrounds it have been looked after
over the last 150 years. Buildings have come and gone while fields of grass
have been ploughed up and then returned to pasture.
The curator for the exhibition is local archaeologist Julian
Richards, a recognised Stonehenge expert perhaps best known for his TV series
‘Meet the Ancestors’. Julian is looking for anyone in the Salisbury or Amesbury
area, or further afield, who has any stories, photographs or objects that will
help to tell this story to one million visitors who come to Stonehenge each
Do you have any connection to the Chubb family who bought
Stonehenge and lived in Salisbury?
Do you know anything about the Stonehenge cafe that stood by
the side of the road near Stonehenge until it was demolished by the National
Trust in the late 1920’s? Did any of your relatives work there? Do you have any
photographs or items that are connected with it?
Did any of your relatives work on the restoration of
Stonehenge in the 1920’s or later? or did you yourself work there in the 50’s
and 60’s – raising fallen stones to make it a safe place to visit?
If you can help Julian in any way then please contact him on
01747851531 or e mail him at email@example.com
. Messages for him can also be left at Salisbury Museum.
And please come and visit the exhibition which opens - predictably
- on the 21st September 2015.