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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Guided Tours Sunday 14 July 2019

Guided Tours 
Warstone Lane Cemetery on Sunday 14 July at 12 noon , meet at Pitsford Street entrance . 
Key Hill Cemetery on Sunday 14 July 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.

Events

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

Raising funds for the restoration of headstones.


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.

Tour Dates for 2019

Come and Discover Birmingham’s History.
Several notable people are buried in these two historic cemeteries.
Tour Dates  for 2019 
Second Sunday in the month.

13 Jan,
10 Feb,
10 March,
14 April ,
12 May,
9 June ,
14 July,
11 Aug,
8 Sept,
13 Oct,
10 Nov.
None in December

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,  History Fairs, Open Days , Sales and Donations pay for restoration of the headstones.

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.

Guided Tours Sunday 10 March 2019

Walk off the Winter Blues and discover Birmingham ‘s History.
Guided Tours of Key Hill Cemetery and Warstone Lane Cemetery Sunday  10 March 2019 .
Several Notable people are buried in these two historic cemeteries.
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.
All proceeds from Tours, Membership, Sales and Donations go towards the restoration of the headstones.
Guided Tours of the Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries in Hockley.
Tours are the second Sunday in the month – January to November. None in December.

Guided Tours Sunday 10 February 2019

Walk off the Winter Blues and discover Birmingham ‘s History.
Guided Tours of Key Hill Cemetery and Warstone Lane Cemetery Sunday  10 February 2019 .
Several Notable people are buried in these two historic cemeteries.
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.
All proceeds from Tours, Membership, Sales and Donations go towards the restoration of the headstones.
Guided Tours of the Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries in Hockley.
Tours are the second Sunday in the month – January to November. None in December.

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