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Key Hill Cemetery, Birmingham

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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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  • The second cemetery covered by the tour conducted by the friends of key hill cemetery. Here lie many famous brummies especially from the Victorian era. The unassuming monument of the Chamberlain’s... 
    The second cemetery covered by the tour conducted by the friends of key hill cemetery. Here lie many famous brummies especially from the Victorian era. The unassuming monument of the Chamberlain’s...  more »
  • Intrestibgcplace to visit any time of day early autum morning very nice and in spring when all the bluebells are out 
    Intrestibgcplace to visit any time of day early autum morning very nice and in spring when all the bluebells are out  more »
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  • Atmosphere is not as live as other parks I've been to
  • Not solely because it is place of inherent presence, and Birmingham needs as many of these as have escaped the destruction of recent decades, but here is somewhere in the city actually on the up. The work is being done well and significantly adds value, both to its immediate locality and to the city as a whole. The project is not yet complete and more is to be done soon. Amid all the spurious hype about developments in this city, there really ought to be a prize in this.

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