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Tolkien Grave at Key Hill Cemetery

Photo by Zolt Kemeny

Birmingham General Cemetery, Key Hill

The picture below, although in need of repair, provides us with important details about the cemetery. It may be that there is some artistic licence but in general it represents how it looked very early in its history. The picture shows Keye Hill House, a garden wall and the land to the side of the house that eventually became part of the cemetery. The face of the sand quarry can be seen together with paths, the serpentine walks and steps that lead up to the top level. There are what looks like eight catacombs which could be L 1 to L 16 (they are doubles);  this  tallies with the information we have as L 17 is different because it is not a double. You can also see that there were houses where later the monumental mason’s yard would be.  Using the monuments we should be able to put an approximate date on the picture and, as always comments and observations are welcome.


Birmingham General Cemetery, Key Hill