History

Box Hill’s fort is one of a line of 13 along the North Downs © National Trust

Box Hill’s fort is one of a line of 13 along the North Downs

Venture into Box Hill's past

Box Hill's rich history can be seen all around the place, from old roads and burials to the fort that played a part in defending London from attack. It has always been a popular place for visitors.

People who have made Box Hill special

It’s the people that make a place special. And Box Hill has many famous or unusual characters in its rich history. From internationally famous authors to local eccentrics, find out more about the people of Box Hill.

Weird and wacky history of the hill

Why is a man buried upside down here? Why were woolly slippers the best thing to wear to work on Box Hill? Why did children run away from the viewpoint?

A last attempt to save the empire

  • The Old Fort was one of 13 built along the North Downs
  • It was built as a last ditch attempt to save the British Empire
  • This old building has some fascinating stories to tell
  • Discover more about this strange feature of British history

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