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Committed to the preservation and history of Key Hill and Warstone Lane Cemeteries
KEY HILL AND WARSTONE LANE CEMETERIES
These two cemeteries form an important historical asset of the Jewellery Quarter.
Both were established as commercial ventures by cemetery companies seeking to tackle the notorious shortage of burial space faced by the rapidly expanding city. Each holds a range of intriguing catacombs and a wealth of funerary monuments on which are recorded many of Birmingham’s famous and influential business leaders, politicians and clergy.
Here will be found stories as diverse as that of the last Town Crier of Birmingham and the inventor of custard. Both locations are now in the care of Birmingham City Council and whilst closed to the purchase for new graves, they provide a calm oases within a bustling commercial quarter.
Written by Dick Empson