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Brief description of site

Key Hill Cemetery opened in 1836, and closed to new burials in 1980, after which it became overgrown and neglected. The site, which was partly laid out within an old sand quarry, covers about 3 hectares, and includes a group of catacombs. Restoration work is now taking place.

Brief history of site

Key Hill Cemetery was founded by the Birmingham General Cemetery Company and opened in 1836 as a Nonconformist cemetery, though it was open to all denominations. It was designed by the architect Charles Edge of Birmingham.

Location information:

Address: Key Hill Cemetery, Icknield Street, Hockley, Birmingham, B18 6PL

Locality: Birmingham

Local Authorities:

West Midlands; Birmingham

Historical County: Warwickshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 139 Grid Ref: SP059881
Latitude: 52.4908 Longitude: -1.91454


Central Birmingham, north of the city centre. South-east of the A41/A4540 junction.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

This is a municipal site, open daily. Core opening hours are 10am to 4pm. Open from 8.30am on weekdays.

Key information:

Form of site: cemetery

Purpose of site: cemetery

Context or principal building: cemetery

Site first created: 1836

Main period of development: Mid 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 3

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