Cemetery - Rectory Road
25th August 2011
I have driven past this cemetery, next to the Good Hope hospital, on hundreds of occasions and never thought to have a look for myself until today. I drove up the small roadway and spotted a beautiful old building, half timbered. It was the original entrance to the cemetery which I believe dates back to the mid 1800s. I also understands that this beautiful building is NOT LISTED and that Birmingham 'Socialist Republic' Council want to knock it down to save on maintenance costs. As I was walking around the original section of the cemetery, I was approached by a very polite and helpful gent who informed me that I was not allowed to take photographs in the cemetery as 'it invaded their privacy'. I laughed and he told me it was Council policy. Can you believe it, the person in the grave has been dead for over 200 years and I am invading THEIR privacy!! So I waited until the gent had left and took two images, not for spite, but because of the history attached to them and to hell with the council who WE elect and can un-elect too. Its obviously the 'politically correct' loony left brigade in action again so I shall totally ignore it.
The 7 acre Sutton Coldfield Cemetery was opened in 1881 as an additional burial ground for Holy Trinity Church. As the land was buried upon a further 10 acres of burial land was provided in 1934 when an area next to the original cemetery was opened.
I saw this sign outside the cemetery, it looked so odd!
This is the grave of the Owen family, who resided at New Hall
This is, I believe, the grave of the Hastilow family who owned the Garage and vehicles shown elsewhere and a Hastilow was publican at the New Inn in 1874
'The Old Photographs of Sutton Coldfield' Compiled by Marion Baxter
http://www.suco.co.uk/ http://www.tigersunited.com/history/p-kmiles.asp Ken Miles http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_20040512/ai_n12788010 Lee Vale-Onslow
http://www.newhallmill.org.uk/newhall.htm - Friends of New Hall Mill http://www.suttoncoldfieldobserver.co.uk/index.jsp Sutton Coldfield Observer
http://icsuttoncoldfield.icnetwork.co.uk/ - Sutton Coldfield News http://www.thisissuttoncoldfield.co.uk/