Death of Roald Dahl

23rd November 1990

Roald Dahl died on 23rd November 1990 at the age of 74

23rd November 1990

23rd November 1990

Roald Dahl dies, aged 74. He is buried in the parish church of St Peter and St Paul in Great Missenden. 

Visitors to the church today can find the grave from the memorial bench under a tree in the centre of the graveyard. It is a short walk from the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, which houses Roald's archive of letters, manuscripts and photographs.

The bench carries the names of Roald Dahl’s five children and three stepchildren. The poem carved into the stone slabs around the base of the bench is taken from The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me:

"We have tears in our eyes
As we wave our goodbyes
We so loved being with you, we three.
So please now and then
Come and see us again,
The Giraffe and the Pelly and me."

From the memorial bench you can follow BFG footprints to Roald Dahl’s grave.

Visit Roald Dahl's grave

Roald Dahl's grave