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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Dawn Chorus walk in Key Hill Cemetery on Saturday the 1st May.

Dawn Chorus walk in Key Hill Cemetery on Saturday the 1st May.
It is and early start at 5am and numbers are limited to 10 participants to fit in with the covid rules. 
It is a free session but to keep within the guidance anyone wishing to come along will need to book via Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dawn-chorus-walk-key-hill-cemetery-tickets-148885278877?fbclid=IwAR1PXejU8xYVOZlMGGMjYVo5R1DTlzmTHA5VXybRi1U5MYQMe3nJoShcyK8

James COOPER V.C

On this day ,29 January 1856, the Victoria Cross was officially established by Queen Victoria. It  is the highest and most prestigious award of the British honours system. It is awarded for valour “in the presence of the enemy” to members of the British Armed Forces.

 James Cooper VC September 1840 – 9 August 1889 was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He is buried in Warstone Lane Cemetery in a public grave .

A  ceremony  was held in November 2003 to unveil a plaque on the wall of the Cemetery Lodge to honour  James Cooper V.C

Image: M. FELKIN.

Film – Exploring Warstone Lane Cemetery in Birmingham Jewellery Quarter , Hockley . The cemetery has undergone restoration to the catacombs , also new railings installed and new paths.
Guided Tours are usually the second Sunday of the month except for December with the Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery the only group to raise funds for the restoration of the broken headstones. The Friends also maintain the cemeteries with clean up days . Volunteers are welcome
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTiseG8OWmU

Key Hill Cemetery , free taster tour for Heritage Open day, Sat 12 Sept at 1pm

Come and  discover the Birmingham Industrial History view the  catacombs in   Key Hill Cemetery  in the heart of  Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter  on Saturday 12 Sept 2020 at 1pm .

Key Hill Cemetery is the final resting place Joseph Chamberlain -3 times Lord Mayor: Alfred Bird – Chemist invented Eggless Custard:  Harriet Martineau -Author & Philosopher: Joseph Tangye Industrialist :

Constance Naden – Author & Philosopher : Robert Lucas -Chance supplied glass for Crystal Palace : Henry Palethorpe – Founder of Palethorp Sausages :

Thomas Walker – who introduced the blue brick pavements instead of cobbles: Abraham Follett Osler – Clockmaker pioneered measurement of metro logical data:

 Thomas Osler – son of Abraham , made the Crystal Fountain for the Crystal Palace:  Thomas Avery – Avery Scales  , Alderman, Mayor , Saltley sewerage works: Joseph Gillett – Pen Maker : 

 Joseph P. Williams – Founder of Post Office Savings Bank : William Butler – Founder of Mitchells & Butler Brewery :  James Hinks – Perfected Duplex Oil lamps, President of Aston Villa Football Club :

George Dawson – Inspirational Minister introduced the 1870 Education Act : John Skirrow Wright – Creator of the Postal Order: Button Maker , M.P , J.P Champion of the Poor:

Marie Bethell Beauclerc pioneer in the teaching of Pitman’s shorthand and typing:   William Murphy – Anti-papal lecturer , speeches lead to the “Murphy Riots”.

This  free  mini walk & talk for Heritage Open day  lasts about 1 hour, 1pm-2pm. Meet at the Jewellery Quarter Railway Station 12 .50 pm 

Social distancing will be observed .   Contact details  will be required at time of booking via Eventbrite   for any possible track and trace . 

Organised by  Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery who raise funds for grave restoration.
Donations welcome.

See other free taster tour event Warstone Lane Cemetery 12 Sept at 11am for Heritage Open day .

Usual paid tours of both cemeteries on Sunday 13 Sept , location and times differ, see separate listing.

Paid tours are the second Sunday of the month except for December  ,
13 Sept , 11 Oct  ,  8 Nov 2020 .

Should you require the  location of an ancestors grave please contact the   Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery .

Warstone Lane Cemetery Free Taster tour for Heritage Open day Sat 12 Sept, 11am

Come and discover Birmingham’s history   and the unique two tiered semi-circular catacombs in   Warstone Lane Cemetery in the heart of  Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter .
Learn about the final resting place  of John Baskerville ( Printer & Typographer ), Private James Cooper V.C , Major Harry gem ( Lawn Tennis ), John  Postgate ( food safety campaigner ) , Dr Pye Chavasse ( Medical guide author ), William Chance ( Glass ) , Hipkins family ( Titanic ),  George William Manley (Ancient Order of Druids),  Edward Warrulan (son of an aboriginal king ).  
This free mini walk and talk for Heritage Open day  lasts about one hour 11am-12 noon .
Meet at the Jewellery Quarter Station at 10.50am .

Social distancing will be observed . We will require contact details for any possible track and trace  

Organised by the Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery who raise funds for grave restoration.
Donations welcome.

See separate for free mini tour of Key Hill Cemetery 12 Sept at 1pm

Paid tours are the second Sunday of the month except for December
13 Sept, 11 Oct & 8 Nov 2020

Should you require the location of an ancestors grave please contact the Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery .




Guided Tours Sunday 13 Sept

Tour fees apply

Guided Tours Sunday 13 Sept 2020 with social distancing and numbers will be limited.We will require your name and contact details in advance via contact tab should any possible track and trace be needed.  
Tours of Warstone Lane Cemetery, start at 12 Noon (meet at the Catacombs, Pitsford St entrance ) .
Tours of Key Hill Cemetery start at 2pm (meet at island in cemetery)

  Current Tour fees :
£3.00 per person per cemetery.
£5.00 per couple per cemetery ( same household)
Children under 16 no charge .
Also free to members of –The Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery Group who hold a current membership .
Tours are the 2nd Sunday in the month, January to November. None in December.
Raising funds for grave restoration.

Finding a grave
Should you require to find the location of a family grave, the Friends may be able to assist. Please note this is unlikely to be achieved during a guided tour. With prior notice the Friends can arrange for you to meet a volunteer before the tour begins, please allow plenty of time for this.  Alternatively, a date and time can be arranged to suit you and a volunteer.
Should you require this voluntary service please email the Friends in advance with the family names and year of death if known.   Also state which cemetery if known. 

All money from guided tours, membership, sales and voluntary donations pay for the restoration of the gravestones.

Cemetery clean up days

Key Hill Cemetery and Warstone Lane Cemetery clean up days.
Thursday 6th August from 11am – 12pm – Warstone Lane cemetery

Saturday 15th August from 11am – 1pm – both cemeteries

Thursday 20th August from 11am – 12pm – Key Hill Cemetery

Saturday 29th August from 11am – 1pm – both cemeteries

Booking is essential and places are limited.
Meet at the JQBID booth on The Big Peg on Golden Square to pick up our equipment – hi vis vests, litter pickers, bags and gloves provided, before heading over to the cemeteries.
All equipment is cleaned before and after each session for your safety.
To book a place –
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-litter-pick-jewellery-quarter-cemeteries-tickets-109452054040?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=august_2020_newsletter&utm_term=2020-08-08

WW2 Sandbag deaths

Five people killed  in an Air Raid Shelter
Survivors story at the Inquest

An inquest was held in Birmingham on 6 November 1940 of  five people  were suffocated by a fall of sand when a wall of sandbags collapsed on them whilst they were sleeping in a public air raid shelter which was in a basement and had been reinforced by blast walls .
The victims were Shadi Mohammed age 39, Deborah Shadi Mohammed age 26, Gulham Mohammed age 37 , Hyham Borsook age 30 , Lily Borsook age 34 . All has lived at 9 Sutton Street , near Holloway Head, Birmingham.
  A member of the party Shah Sha said that they were in the habit of  going to the shelter every night to sleep. On Friday night the six of them went to the shelter at 7 o’clock . He sat talking to Hyman Borsook until about 11.30pm then he went to his place about 15 yards away to sleep. He saw that five people had settled down with their heads against the base of the sandbags. The following morning he was awakened at 6 O’clock and saw that pile of sandbags had collapsed and he dug out Mr and Mrs. Shadi with his  hands. All  five people well covered with dry sand .
  James William Tucker, a shelter Marshall ,told the coroner that on this particular night they were about 300 people in the shelter he had never received any complaint about the blast walls and he thought there was no danger from them George William Fieldhouse an occupant of the shelter described how he was going up for awash in the morning before going to work and he noticed  he could see right into the street, he flashed his torch and saw some  legs protruding from the pile of  sand . He assisted to rescue the bodies. Medical evidence showed  all five  were dead on arrival General Hospital and that their death was due to asphyxia .
The corner doctor W .H .Davison in recording a verdict of  “Accidental death “ in each case commented there is nothing to suggest that’s such a happening could have been anticipated and that there were no warning  that it was likely to happen again . It should be made known generally that is sand bagged wall even undercover may not be safe after a couple of months. I should like to add but there was nothing this shelter Marshall could have done to prevent it happening .

Shadi Mohammed d. Nov 1940  at Hanger Motor Company Shelter, Tennant Street. Birmingham
Resting in a private grave Key Hill Cemetery section H plot 26

Ghulan ( Gluham ) Mohammed d.Nov 1940  at Hanger Motor Company Shelter, Tennant Street.
Resting in a public grave at Key Hill Cemetery Section H plot 27

Research Jacqui Fielding Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery

B.M  6 November 1940 


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 .

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