Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Key Hill & Warstone Lane Cemeteries Latest News

New stone caps and anti climb railings above the catacombs taken Feb 2020.

The restoration work in the cemeteries has not hindered the guided tours the second Sunday in the month, but work has halted regarding the Friends grave restoration which will continue after the cemetery work has been completed.

Activities Programme Updates
Activities have been very successful so far; Nature and Nest Boxes session in Feb half term, tree families came out despite the terrible weather.
Poet Laurette will be working on the interpretation panels to show that people are still making memories here’.

Warstone Lane Cemetery Medal
‘The Friends are pleased to announce that we now have both medals that were produced to commemorate when the cemeteries first opened. Friends volunteer Colin Giles purchased the Key Hill medal some years ago and I had been looking for the Warstone Lane Cemetery medal for a number of years and managed to find one via an online auction website at a very reasonable price, Matt Felkin managed to secure this sale for me.
This medal was produced to commemorate the consecration of Warstone Lane Cemetery in 1848. The image on the front show plans of the chapel and catacombs.

The Friends had copies made of Colin’s Key Hill medal, that have sold well. This helps to raise funds for gravestone restoration. We are hoping to have copies made of the Warstone Lane medal in the near future
For future events, the Friends will have their information and sales stall on the footprint of the church in Warstone Lane cemetery, rather than their former location in Vyse Street.

Cemetery Memories Event
Both Key Hill and Warstone Lane cemeteries have been part of people’s lives in the Jewellery Quarter for generations, and lots of people have memories to share. Whether you are a local resident, work in the Jewellery Quarter, go to school/university nearby, have relatives buried in the cemeteries, have simply visited for a stroll or a tour we’d love to hear from you!
We are gathering recollections, stories, and images of the cemeteries online over the coming months in the run up to the event, and hope we’ll learn many more on the day. We want to know why these historic cemeteries are special to you, what your memories of them are and how you hope they will be used in the future.
If you would like to share a memory or photo of the cemetery, please email .


  • Cemetery Memories Event – Saturday 25th April 2020 – Postponed From 1pm – 3pm in Warstone Lane Cemetery
  • Volunteers Open Day Saturday 6th June in Warstone Lane Cemetery?
  • Jewellery Quarter Festival, Hockley – cancelled Sat 20 June
  • Genealogy Show NEC Birmingham Fri 26 & Sat 27 June – cancelled until June 2021

Further information:
Jacqui Fielding
W: Search for Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery,Birmingham on Facebook

Source: The Official Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery Established 2004, Raising Funds for Restorations of gravestones.

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