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Happy Anniversary Stonehenge!

Stonehenge (English Heritage)

12:23pm 5th January 2018
(Updated 2:49pm 18th January 2018)

Once a supposed gift for a wife we, as the public, have now had access to one of the most famous prehistoric monuments for around 100 years.

Stonehenge was donated by Cecil Chubb and his wife Mary in 1918 so that they could be properly looked after and enjoyed by all.

Cecil bought the stones in an auction in 1915 and it's been said that the only reason he was there at the auction was to buy a set of dining chairs!

Legend has it that he bought it for his wife but she was not happy about...

Late in 1918, Cecil and Mary, gave the stones away to be cared for The Office of Works (what would be English Heritage).

Cecil and Mary Chubb Stonehenge (English Heritage)

They were in a 'perlilous condition' according to the charity, so they set to work to restore it to it's former glory.

For the past 100 years, millions of people have visited the monument from locals to people travelling thousands of miles to see it.

BRIEF HISTORY

The first monument was an early henge monument, built about 5,000 years ago, and the unique stone circle was erected in the late Neolithic period about 2500 BC.

In the early Bronze Age many burial mounds were built nearby.

From 1927, the National Trust began to acquire the land around Stonehenge to preserve it and restore it to grassland.

A new visitors centre was built in 2013 and the byway next to the stones was closed.

Stonehenge Visitor Centre

Now English Heritage and the government are working to get rid of the A303 from next to the site so there is no obstruction of view of the stones - you can read more on the proposed tunnel plans for Stonehenge here at spirefm.co.uk. 

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CELEBRATION

Throughout 2018 there will be special programmes to celebrate the centenary, such as a special collaboration with the British Museum featuring an exhibition on the Neolithic and Bronze age items found.

You can see all that's going on here: www.english-heritage.org.uk

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