Box Hill Community
|Box Hill is a well known beauty spot in the North Downs of Surrey, England, close to the southern outskirts of London, overlooking Dorking to the south-west.|
There is a small village of the same name about 1.5 kilometres (0.93 miles) to the east. The hill is named after the box trees which can be found on its steep southern and western flanks, notably around the "Whites", chalk cliffs cut by the River Mole.
Box Hill was given to the nation by Leopold Salomons in 1914. Since then the Box Hill estate has expanded through purchase, legacies and gifts; today it covers some 490 hectares (1,200 acres), including Mickleham Downs.
A Major Peter Labellière is buried on the hill just west of the viewpoint at Burford slope. He was buried on July 11, 1800, head downwards, and according to some sources he reasoned for this by saying "the world is topsy turvy, and I'll be the right way in the end". John Logie Baird, the inventor of the first working television system, conducted some of his experiments on Box Hill, including his Noctovisor, an infra-red viewing device.