Box Hill centenary celebrations
PUBLISHED: 15:15 11 September 2014 | UPDATED: 15:27 11 September 2014
One of the most iconic landmarks in the south-east, Box Hill has long been famed for its stunning slopes and far-reaching views – and this year marks the 100th anniversary of it belonging to the National Trust.
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Proving that some things don’t change, it was concern over development that led Leopold Salomons to purchase the land when the Surrey beauty spot came up for sale on the open market. He paid £16,000 for the hill and donated it to the National Trust in 1914, so that the public could continue to enjoy this beautiful piece of countryside.
Today, Box Hill welcomes around a million people per year, who come for the same reasons as all those years ago, as well as to see the scene of the Olympic cycle races, which saw pictures of the hill beamed around the world.
To mark the centenary, the Salomons memorial at the Box Hill viewpoint is being refurbished and will be rededicated this month by Dame Helen Ghosh.
In addition, the National Trust has also created a leaflet suggesting 100 adventures to have at Box Hill. These range from going on a moonlit walk to hugging a tree to standing on your head in memory of Major Peter Labelliere, who asked to be buried upside down on the hill because the world was topsy turvy.
• Read on for details of a special centenary display about Box Hill taking place as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days.