FUN WITH MAPS – ISSUE 2021-182 DAILY FEATURE:

By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (September 21, 2021) – In Issue 2021-182 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we learn we should always do our own bidding.

NEVER SEND YOUR HUSBAND SHOPPING

On this day in 1915, Mary Bella Chubb sent her husband, Cecil, to an auction to buy dining room chairs. 

He returned home with Lot 15: Stonehenge and 30 adjacent acres for the final bid of 6600 pounds, roughly $700,000 today.

Never mind that it wouldn’t fit in the dining room, Mrs. Chubb was not happy about the “ancient, crumbling, mysterious monument.”

The Chubbs owned Stonehenge for just over 3 years until Cecil, undoubtedly encouraged by his wife, turned the land over to the British government in exchange for knighthood.

One of Sir Cecil’s stipulations was that the entrance fee to see the stones should never be more than a shilling, making Stonehenge one of the most affordable ancient sites in the world to visit.

Here is Sanson’s miniature map of the British Isles from 1743.  Stonehenge is located on the Salisbury Plain in the south of England.

British Isles from 1743 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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