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Key Hill Cemetery, Birmingham

#13 of 34 in Historic Sites in Birmingham
Cemetery · Tourist Spot
Key Hill Cemetery, (OS grid reference SP059882), originally called Birmingham General Cemetery, is a cemetery in Hockley (the Jewellery Quarter), Birmingham, England. It opened in 1836 as a nondenominational cemetery (in practice nonconformist), and is the oldest cemetery, not being in a churchyard, in Birmingham. The principal entrance is on Icknield Street to the west, with a secondary entrance on Key Hill to the north. The cemetery contains the graves of many prominent members of Birmingham society in the late 19th century, to the extent that in 1915 E. H. Manning felt able to dub it "the Westminster Abbey of the Midlands".
It is the older of two cemeteries in Hockley, the other being Warstone Lane Cemetery, opened in 1847, which was originally reserved for members of the established Church of England.

The cemetery is no longer available for new burials.

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  • Intrestibgcplace to visit any time of day early autum morning very nice and in spring when all the bluebells are out  more »
  • I took a tour round here during Birmingham Heritage Week. Although I had walked around here before, it was so much more interesting with the guide who had expert knowledge of the history of the JQ...  more »
  • This is now been cleaned up and maintined by local offenders and they seem to be keepin it tidy although there are many areas area in need of a overhaul.

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