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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Painted stone found in Key Hill Cemetery

Painted stone found by our Tour Guide  in Key Hill Cemetery Sunday 11 November 2018 .
In Memory of  S.R Gilbert died 19.9.1918. R.A.F.
Lest We Forget

Key Hill -WW2 Gilbert Stone Nov 18

Key Hill -WW2 Gilbert Stone Nov 18 -

Last Tour for 2018 Sun 11 Nov

Guided Tours – Sunday  11 November 2018  –Remembrance Sunday 

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.

All proceeds from Tours, Membership, Sales and Donations go towards the restoration of the headstones.

Family History  Day
Family History Centre
Penns Lane, Sutton Coldfield .
Saturday 3 November 2018

Time 10am -4pm

Family History Event Sat 3 Nov 2018

Family History  Day
Saturday 3 November 2018
Family History Event to be held on Saturday 3rd November at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints,
Penns Lane,
Sutton Coldfield
B76 1JU.
This is a free event and all are welcome.
10am – 4pm.
There will be a WW1 theme but all family history questions welcome.

Guided Tours – Sunday  14 October 2018 

Guided Tours – Sunday  14 October 2018 

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.

All proceeds from Tours, Membership, Sales and Donations go towards the restoration of the headstones.

Free Mini Guided Tours of Key Hill Cemetery ,Sat 15 Sept. Heritage Open Day.

There will be two free mini guide tours of KEY HILL Cemetery for Heritage Open Day on Saturday 15 Sept.
Time of tours : 11am and repeated at 2pm .
Meet at the Friends Stall in WARSTONE Lane Cemetery on the corner of Vyse Street & Pitsford Street.

The Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery can assist you with the section and plot number of your family/ ancestors grave. Also if tell you if this is a private family grave or a public grave ( not to be confused with a paupers grave ) and how many are buried in the plot.   Time: 10.30am-3.30pm

Free mini guided tour tickets can be ordered below.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/key-hill-cemetery-mini-guided-tour-saturday-15-sept-2018-birmingham-jewellery-quarter-tickets-49000886972

 

Open day 15 sept 18

 

 

 

History Fair at BMI Sat 8 Sept Heritage Open Day

History Fair at the Birmingham & Midland Institute
Sat 8 Sept Heritage Open Day

Stalls including  The Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery help with    locating your ancestors plot number.
Birmingham & Midlands Society of Genealogy & Heraldry   ( Family History)
Visitors may also explore the members’ library, purchase vintage books and enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the  library collections.
Families will enjoy the BMI treasure hunt and other surprises around the building. Don’t miss the bake sale in the BMI coffee lounge.

Time: 10.30am – 4pm
Venue: 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS
Corner of Margaret Street & Cornwall Street, by the side of the Council House.

 

BMI History Fair sept 2018

Guided Tours Sunday 9 September 2018

Guided Tours – Sunday 9 September 

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.

All proceeds from Tours, Membership, Sales and Donations go towards the restoration of the headstones.

Tennis- Major Harry Gem buried Warstone Lane Cemetery. Please help this cause.

BOB LAUNCHES BID TO RESTORE GRAVE OF LOCAL TENNIS PIONEER

A Birmingham lawn tennis enthusiast is appealing for donations in a bid to raise up to £10,000 to restore and maintain the Hockley grave of one of the game’s founding fathers.

Bob Holland, from Harborne, is planning to bring the grave of Major Harry Gem, who is buried in Warstone Lane Cemetery in the Jewellery Quarter, back to its original glory.

Bob, a retired advertising executive and lawn tennis fan, has spent many years researching the history of lawn tennis and the stories of lawn tennis pioneers Major Harry Gem and his friend Augurio Perera.

The pair played their very first outdoor rackets game, which anticipated lawn tennis, as early as 1859 on the croquet lawn of Perera’s home in Edgbaston.

Bob set up the Harry Gem Project with fellow lawn tennis historians Chris and Sue Elks to promote the role of Gem and Perera – along with the importance of Birmingham – in the history of the development of lawn tennis.

In 2011 they investigated the dilapidated grave site and vowed to restore it to its original glory.

“The cemetery was not well maintained for many years, so when we examined the grave space it was in a pretty bad state,” said Bob.

“Luckily, the engraving on the ledger stone is in perfect condition, because it spent many years buried under several inches of soil.

“It needs to be lifted and cleaned, and placed back onto new Victorian style grave architecture.”

A local company, Midland Conservation, will be commissioned to do the necessary work and, so far, Bob has managed to raise £8,000 of the restoration and maintenance cost via donations from the Lawn Tennis Association, All-England Club, Birmingham City Council, and the Royal Spanish Tennis Federation amongst others.

He’s now looking to raise the remaining £2000 from individual tennis, history and civic enthusiasts and has established a crowdfunding site at

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-harry-gem-project/).

“We know there are thousands of fans out there – in Birmingham and across the UK – who will be fascinated by the story of Gem and Perera and the birth of lawn tennis, and hopefully they will feel able to donate to the restoration of this little bit of tennis history.”

Bob Holland Harry Gem

The Friends at the Jewellery Quarter Festival Sat 21 July 2018

The Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery will be attending the Jewellery Quarter Festival on Saturday 21 July 2018. Time 10.30am -3.30pm.
The Friends Stall will be in Warstone Lane Cemetery on the corner of Vyse Street & Pitsford Street where we will be able to assist you with the section & plot number of your family/ancestors grave for Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery .
MINI TASTER TOURS of these two historic Cemeteries where several notable people are buried .
Warstone Lane Cemetery Tour at 12noon. — Key Hill Cemetery Tour at 2pm. — Meet at Stall.

 

 

J.Q Fest 2018

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