History of Warstone Lane Cemetery & the unique catacombs

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Vyse Street, near Pitsford Street

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History of Warstone Lane Cemetery, the unique tiered catacombs and history of the residents that rest here.

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Walking History Tour with our experienced guide includes the history of Warstone Lane Cemetery , the unique tiered catacombs and the residents resting in this Church of England Cemetery.

The final resting place of John Baskerville (buried three times ) , Major Harry Gem ( Lawn Tennis ) , George William Manley -a Gentleman from the Ancient Order of the Druids , James Cooper VC recipient of the Victoria Cross, Edward Warrulan -son of an Aboriginal Chief, William Edward Hipkins -Titanic, Jacob Wilson-Last Town Crier ,John Postgate Food safety campaigner , John Inshaw -Steam Carriage .

Conservation -the two tiered catacombs have recently been restored, along with , new railings , footpaths and planting in this Church of England Cemetery.

Tour of Warstone Lane Cemetery in Birmingham Jewellery Quarter , Hockley , begin at 12 Noon. ( see separate listing for nearby Key Hill Tour at 2pm )

Meeting place : In the cemetery near catacombs . Entrances at Vyse Street/ Pitsford Street / Warstone Lane & Icknield Street.

Tour Fees: Tickets via Eventbrite £7.00 plus booking fee . Children under 16 years no charge, please contact the Friends should you wish to book places for children. All children must be accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult at all times.

Finding a grave : Should you require to find the location of a family grave, the Friends may be able to assist. Please note this is unlikely to be achieved before , during , or after a guided tour. With prior notice the Friends may be able to arrange for you to meet a volunteer on a separate day with a date and time to suit you both. Should you require this voluntary service please email the Friends in advance with the family names and year of death if known, also state which cemetery if known.

Getting here:

Train and Tram stops at the Jewellery Quarter Station in Vyse Street.

Bus -the 101 bus from Colmore Row to Chamberlain Clock walk to Vyse Street , see Sunday service via nxbus.co.uk and plan my journey https://nxbus.co.uk/west-midlands/plan-your-journey.

Car – Clean Air Zone from 1st June 2021 Birmingham Clean Air Zone


Charges are from midnight to midnight.

Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone started charging on Tuesday 1st June 2021 but estimates predict that 75% of cars will be exempt from charges. The zone, covering the centre of the city , aims to reduce pollution levels and encourage more people to switch to public transport to visit the city centre. It is different to the London congestion charge which charges all vehicles so it’s important that you know whether it applies to you or not.

Check your vehicle here to see if you would be charged: https://www.gov.uk/clean-air-zones


Each tour last about one and half to two hours depending on Q & A.

Toilet facilities – Vyse Street facing Warstone Lane Cemetery.

There are plenty of café’s , bars and restaurants nearby .

Cancellations, should you wish to cancel your ticket for another date for any reason please note we require 7 days notice to allow time to resell your ticket.

Volunteers of the Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery RAISING FUNDS FOR GRAVE RESTORATION preserving our history and caring for the community since 2004.

All revenue from guided tours, membership, donations, plus sales at open days and history fairs pays for the damaged and broken graves, aiding grave our restoration.

The Friends are the ONLY group to care for Warstone Lane Cemetery & Key Hill Cemetery both located in Birmingham Jewellery Quarter, Hockley.

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