24 October 2011

Memorial inscriptions for Birmingham's Key Hill Cemetery online

The Jewellery Quarter Research Group (JQRG) has put online over 11,000 existing, as of 2008, memorial inscriptions for Birmingham's Key Hill Cemetery .

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The cemetery was opened in 1837 by a group of non-conformist businessmen and contains over 20,000 graves and over 62,000 burials.

Others are no longer extant. "In 1960 Birmingham City Council had a programme to remove or bury “unsafe” memorials and a record was made of the then existing memorials.This record is known as “The Pike Papers” however the JQRG has found the Council’s records to be unreliable and many memorials listed in the Pike Papers no longer exist."

The JQRG plan to add the memorial inscriptions for Warstone Lane to the website. More on the history of these cemeteries is at http://articles.jqrg.org/art01.html

via Andover Family History Group August 2011 newsletter

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