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in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter

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The first interment in the Church of England Cemetery in Warstone Lane took place in August 1848. The cemetery offices were in the Lodge building which still exists in Warstone lane (now occupied by a private company).

The memorial chapel dedicated to St. Michael was used for divine worship from 1854 to 1878 and was demolished in 1953.  The Chapel stood above a semi circular range of catacombs cut into a former sand pit and linked by means of a ‘Bramah’ hydraulic lift.

Some of the notables buried here are

John Baskerville – Japanner, Printer & Typographer (this website uses a font based on one he created in the 18th Century)

Private James Cooper – Awarded the VC

Major ‘Harry’ Gem – Co-founder of lawn tennis.

John Postgate – Food Safety campaigner.

Dr. Pye Chavasse – Medical Guides author.

William Chance – Glass Manufacturer