Box Hill: Labelliere’s Grave

Near to Box Hill Fort is the grave of Dorking eccentric Major Peter Labelliere (1726-1800).

Labelliere

Labelliere’s Grave
Image: Richard Purkiss

He left instructions that on his death he was to be buried upside down on Box Hill, claiming that the world was topsy-turvy and he wanted to be right in the end.

2 thoughts on “Box Hill: Labelliere’s Grave”

  1. Alex Street says:

    Date on stone incorrect – should be
    11th JUNE 1800. NOT JULY
    Labelliere died on 4th JUNE 1800, see Dorking Historical Records and original stone, if still extant!

  2. Nicholas Dewhurst says:

    I saw this epitaph some years ago on Box Hill, and found it hilarious.
    I have heard of another epitaph, also somewhere in Surrey as I remember, which read:
    “SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF . . . , ROYAL IRISH RIFLES. ACCIDENTALLY SHOT DEAD BY HIS BATMAN ON THE FOURTH DAY OF APRIL, 1882. WELL DONE, THOU GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT.”
    Perhaps you’ve heard of it. If so, I’d like to know the name of the officer (to have a batman he must have been an officer) and the location of the graveyard.
    Regards, N Dewhurst (Mr)

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