Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery

Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery are both located in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter in Hockley.
The Friends of Key Hill and Warstone Lane Cemeteries, are a group of volunteers working to preserve, research, inform and promote these important historic and interesting cemeteries. Both Cemeteries are listed on the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest. There are a number of notable people buried in these two historic cemeteries.

Events:
Open Days: Heritage open days in the Cemeteries.
The Jewellery Quarter Festival and History Fairs where we can assist in helping you locate your family plot number.

Regular clean up days.

Guided Tours of the Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries in Hockley.
Tours are the second Sunday in the month – January to November. None in December.

Tours of Warstone Lane Cemetery  start at 12 Noon – meet in Pitsford Street .
Tours of Key Hill Cemetery start at 2pm – meet at central island in Key Hill Cemetery

Tour Fees:
£3.00 per person per cemetery.
£5.00 per couple per cemetery. Free for children 16 years and under.
Free for members of the Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery.

A membership form is available by request should you wish to became a member of the Friends. All proceeds go towards the restoration of the cemeteries & graves.
The Friends are the only group to maintain the Cemeteries, restore headstones as well as researching the lives of those buried in these two historic cemeteries.

Membership Fees:
Single person £10.00 per annum
Couple at same address: £15.00 per annum
Groups & Societies: £20.00 per annum
Corporate: £50.00
Membership is for twelve months from the month you join.

The Burial Records are available to purchase from Midland Ancestors formerly known as the BMSGH at their  online shop for £4.75 each.
http://bmsgh-shop.org.uk/BIRM-Cemeteries

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Cemetery Clean up days

Cemetery Clean up days
Meet at the Jewellery Quarter Metro Station ( Hockley )
Thursday 23rd January 10.30am – 1.pm
Saturday 1st February 10.30am – 1pm
Friday 7th February 10.30am – 1pm
Sunday 16th February 10.30am – 1pm
Monday 24th February 10.30am – 1.pm
Equipment will be provided .
Limited numbers
please contact the Friends –
https://friendsofkeyhillcemeterywarstonelanecemetery.wordpr…
or email: heritage.squad@jqdt.org – if you want to join in these work parties

Gifts for family and friends .

Why not pay for a guided tour of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery ? Payment can be paid direct into the Friends bank account or send a cheque .
Also for sale are the Friends canvas bags ( long handles ) at £4.50 plus p&p , plus the Family History Tea towel – the verse is unique and compiled for the Friends. £4.99 plus p&p.

First verse of tea towel –
Oh, Ancestors I’m looking ,
I’m looking so hard ,
I’ve been up to the Archives ,
and down the churchyard.
( the verse goes on to mention the catacombs )
The Friends – Raising funds for restoration .

Guided Tours Sunday 9 February 2020

Guided Tours Sunday 9 February 2020.
Walk off the winter blues and discover Birmingham’s History in Warstone Lane Cemetery & Key Hill Cemetery .

Several notable people are buried in these two historic cemeteries .Including the Chamberlain family, Chance family , Martineau family , James Hinks, William Murphy , William Middlemore , Alfred Bird, Harry Gem , Constance Naden, Marie Bethell Beauclerc, William Butlter, George Dawson , Joseph Gillott, Henry Palethorpe , to name a few plus several Mayors

Guided Tours of Warstone Lane Cemetery start at 12 Noon – meet in Pitsford Street.Guided
Tours of Key Hill Cemetery start at 2pm – meet at central island in Key Hill Cemetery.
Tour Fees:£3.00 per person per cemetery.
£5.00 per couple per cemetery.
Free for children 16 years and under.
Free for members of the Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery.

All proceeds from Tours, Membership, Sales and Donations pay for the restoration of the headstones.
Donations Welcome.

Private tours for groups and Societies can be arranged

Heritage Open Day, Sat 21 Sept,2019 at the Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries.

Heritage Open Day Saturday 21 Sept, 2019
The Friends of Key Hill Cemetery and Warstone Lane Cemetery invite you to join a guided tour.
The Friends can also provide information about ancestors’ graves.

Free taster tour of Warstone Lane Cemetery, meet at information stall 10.50am for 11am start.

Free taster tour of Key Hill Cemetery, meet at information stall 1.50pm for 2pm start .

Information stall in Warstone Lane Cemetery corner of Vyse St & Pitsford St 10.30am -3.30pm – assisting the public with section and plot number of their ancestors grave .

Come and take a free taster tour of one or both cemeteries and learn about the prominent people who rest who rest in these two historic cemeteries . Including Joseph Chamberlain, Alfred Bird, Major Thomas “Harry “Gem, Constance Naden , Harriet Martineau, Joseph Tangye, John Baskerville, William Chance, Joseph Gilliott, Dr Pye Chavasse, John Postgate and Private James Cooper.The Friends formed in 2004 and are the only group who maintain the cemeteries. The Friends raise funds for the restoration of the headstones. This is achieved by Sunday Tours (second Sunday in the month ) Membership of the Friends, Sales and Donations.
The Friends hold regular Clean up Days.
Volunteers are always welcome.

https://birminghamheritageweek.co.uk/21-sept/warstone-lane-and-key-hill-cemeteries/

@BHeritageWeek #Bheritgeweek

Events

Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery
in Birmingham Jewellery Quarter.

Raising funds for the restoration of headstones.


The friends of Key Hill Cemetery and Warstone Lane Cemetery invite you to join a guided tour. We can assist with information about ancestors’ graves.

Come and take a free taster tour of one or both cemeteries and learn about the prominent people who rest who rest in these two historic cemeteries . Including Joseph Chamberlain, Alfred Bird, Major Thomas “Harry “Gem, Constance Naden , Harriet Martineau, Joseph Tangye, John Baskerville, William Chance, Joseph Gilliott, Dr Pye Chavasse, John Postgate and Private James Cooper.

The Friends formed in 2004 and are the only group who maintain the cemeteries. The Friends raise funds for the restoration of the headstones.   This is achieved by Sunday Tours (second Sunday in the month ) Membership of the Friends, Sales and Donations. The Friends hold regular Clean up Days. Volunteers are always welcome. 

Programme for 21 September

10.30am – 3.30pm – Information stall – assisting the public with section and plot number of their ancestor’s grave aiding their family history.
Local books for sale
• 11am – Free taster tour of Warstone Lane Cemetery, meet at information stall
• 2pm – Free taster tour of Key Hill Cemetery, meet at information stall

Sat 1st June – Volunteers week

Stall in Warstone Lane Cemetery corner of Vyse Street & Pitsford Street time 10.30-3.30pm
The Friends  will be able to assist with burial plots numbers for those tracing their family history . Also selling merchandise to raise funds to restoration of headstones
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tracing-your-ancestors-burial-plot-number-for-key-hill-cemetery-warstone-lane-cemetery-tickets-61403943849?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Free taster  guided tours
Key Hill Cemetery taster tour  at 11am -meet at Stall

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-mini-tour-of-key-hill-cemetery-for-volunteers-week-tickets-61336273445?aff=ebdssbdestsearch


Warstone Lane Cemetery taster tour at 2pm meet at stall .
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-mini-tour-of-warstone-lane-cemetery-tickets-61336655588?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

 Sunday 2nd June in Key Hill Cemetery 10.30 to 3pm
Help required   for Volunteers week 
The Friends  will be holding  a clean up day in KEY HILL Cemetery entrance in Key Hill near Key Hill Drive.
Please bring  garden secateurs, refuse liners and facemask for  cutting back  ivy.
The majority of the Friends do not live in the Midlands so it is hoped that the local community will get involved in this project.  Parking via Key Hill entrance.  Welcome to bring a packed lunch.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clean-up-day-key-hill-cemetery-in-birmingham-jewellery-quarter-volunteers-required-tickets-61571296405?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Fri  7 & Sat 8th June.  
The Friends will be exhibiting at    The  Genealogy show at NEC , Birmingham https://www.thegenealogyshow.uk/

Sat 29 and Sunday 30 June
Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery at the Jewellery Quarter Festival

Free taster  guided tours Saturday 29 June
Key Hill Cemetery taster tour  at 11am –
Meet at Stall corner of Vyse Street & Pitsford Street.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-taster-tour-of-key-hill-cemetery-at-the-jewellery-quarter-festival-tickets-62118318563?aff=ebdssbdestsearch


Free taster tour
Saturday 29 June
Warstone Lane Cemetery at 2pm
Meet at stall meet at Stall corner of Vyse Street & Pitsford Street .
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-mini-tour-of-warstone-lane-cemetery-tickets-61336655588?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Free taster  guided tours Sunday 30 June
Key Hill Cemetery mini tour  at 11am –
Meet at Stall corner of Vyse Street & Pitsford Street.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-taster-tour-of-key-hill-cemetery-at-the-jewellery-quarter-festival-tickets-62119316548?aff=ebdssbdestsearch


Free taster  guided tours Sunday 30 June –
Warstone Lane Cemetery
Free taster tour Sunday 30 at 2pm meet at stall
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-taster-tour-of-warstone-lane-cemetery-at-the-jewellery-quarter-festival-tickets-62119492073?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Stall in Warstone Lane Cemetery corner of Vyse Street & Pitsford Street time 10.30-3.30pm Sat 29 and Sun 30 June .
The Friends  will be able to assist with burial plots numbers for those tracing their family history . Also selling merchandise to raise funds to restoration of headstones.
29 June https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tracing-your-ancestors-burial-at-the-jewellery-quarter-festival-tickets-62117909339?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

30 June https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tracing-your-ancestors-burial-at-the-jewellery-quarter-festival-tickets-62117909339?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

The Genealogy Show 7 & 8 June 2019

The Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery will be exhibiting at The Genealogy Show at the N.E.C Birmingham on Friday 7 & Saturday 8 June 2019.
Aiding Family History , the Friends will be able to assist the public with a section and plot number of their ancestors grave .
The Friends will also be raising funds for the restoration of the headstones.
This will be achieved by selling merchandise.

Talks Friday 7 June
https://www.thegenealogyshow.uk/talks-friday/

Talks Saturday 8 June
https://www.thegenealogyshow.uk/talks-saturday/

Good transport links to the NEC by car , bus and rail.
https://www.thegenealogyshow.uk/visiting/

Tickets :
https://www.thegenealogyshow.uk/genealogy-bookings/

See other exhibitors here:-
https://www.thegenealogyshow.uk/confirmed-exhibitors/

Guided Tours
Warstone Lane Cemetery on Sunday 9 June at 12 noon , meet at Pitsford Street entrance .
Key Hill Cemetery on Sunday 9 June at 2pm meet at island in Cemetery, .
Parking via Key Hill Entrance near Key Hill Drive.

Tour Fees:

£3.00 per person per cemetery.

£5.00 per couple per cemetery.

 Free for children 16 years and under.

Free for current members of the Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery.


Transport : Train & Tram stop at the Jewellery Quater Rail Station.


Rededication ceremony of Constance Naden’s gravestone at Key Hill Cemetery.

Members  are warmly invited to attend the rededication ceremony of Constance Naden’s gravestone at 3pm on Saturday 11 May.
Please see here for a map indicating the location.
The unveiling will be followed by an overview of Naden’s life and the campaign that led to her grave being restored, as well as readings from her works.
Those involved in this project  have booked space at 1000 Trades, a 10 minute walk away from the cemetery in the Jewellery Quarter, from 4pm and it would be lovely if you could join us afterwards to raise a glass to Naden’s memory.
Please RSVP to constance1858@aol.comif you are able to attend so that we have an indication of numbers.

Poppy Wreath on War Memorial in Key Hill Cemetery set on fire .

An act of vandalism Poppy wreath set on Fire on War Memorial in Key Hill Cemetery in Birmingham Jewellery Quarter.

On Monday 25 March 2019 a visitor to Key Hill Cemetery spotted a youth setting fire to the poppy wreath placed on the War Memorial.
This war memorial had recently been cleaned.
The youth described as an Asian aware that he had been spotted quickly rode off on his bike and left the wooden crosses he was about to set fire to. Poppy Wreath at Key Hill Cemetery 25 March 2019
The visitor who captured this incident with their camera sent the image to the Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery.
It is shocking that this act of vandalism has taken place at the war memorial that was unveiled 9 July 1925 .
Both cemeteries remembers those who lost their lives in WW1 , WW2 , including  civilians of Birmingham who died during the  heavy air raids on the city.

The Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery are the only group who maintain the two historic Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries with regular clean up days . The Friends raise funds to restore the broken and sunken headstones in both cemeteries. This is achieved by attending history fairs, holding open days in the cemeteries, plus the Friends monthly guided tours held on the second Sunday in the month.  The Friends also assist the public with the plot number of their ancestor’s grave.
This Voluntary group  have contributed to the new grave of Constance Naden , who was a Poet and Philosopher and rests in Key Hill Cemetery. The Friends also contributed to Major Harry Gem’s new grave in Warstone Lane Cemetery. Major Harry Gem was the co-founder of Lawn Tennis.

Key Hill Cemetery opened in 1836 as a nondenominational cemetery (in practice nonconformist), and is Birmingham’s oldest cemetery, not being in a churchyard.
Whilst nearby Warstone Lane Cemetery that fronts Vyse Street is a Church of England Cemetery.
Pitsford Street separates the two Jewellery Quarter cemeteries.

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