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Cemeteries and Crematoria - Brandwood End Cemetery

Brandwood End Cemetery


We regret that due to a burst water pipe which caused substantial water damage the office at Brandwood End Cemetery has been closed.

The office and records have been moved to Kings Norton Cemetery.

Our New telephone number is 0121 303 5583

Any post should be addressed to Brandwood End Cemetery, c/o Kings Norton Cemetery, Longdales Road, Kings Norton, Birmingham. B38 9BU

For any assistance a telephone kiosk has now been installed opposite the Lodge building giving direct access to the Kings Norton Cemetery Office. This telephone kiosk is a direct line only and cannot be used for any other telephone calls.

This kiosk will be open during normal office hours Monday to Friday between 8.30am to 4.30pm

We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may have caused.

Oak Tree Island
It is with great sadness that we have to report that the Oak Tree, a well-loved cemetery feature, is suffering from Inonotus Dryadeus. This is a disease which causes a white rot which attacks the lower roots and base. Unfortunately the rot has spread throughout the tree and it is therefore necessary to fell it. The removal will take place over the next few weeks.

Since we are unable to save the tree we are planning to make good use of the Oak Tree Island and have developed a Memorial Garden to commemorate World War 1.

A Brief History

On 13 April 1899 George Tallis, Chairman of the Cemetery Committee, opened Brandwood End Cemetery, which was administered by Kings Norton Rural District Council. With the extension of Birmingham's boundaries in 1911, the cemetery came under the administration of the Birmingham Corporation. The cemetery was gradually extended over the years and is now some 53 acres, 2 of which were sold in 1919 to the Jewish Community.

The grounds are a fine example of a Victorian garden with avenues of Scots Pine, Cypress and Wellingtonia. This magnificent planting earned the cemetery a grade II listing in the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England in 2001.

Twin Chapels
Health and Safety Works are currently taking place at the chapels which includes limited masonry works and the removal of pigeon guano and vegetation.

Grave Sections
We can now only offer Ashes plots for the burial of two sets of cremated remains. These are located to the right of the chapels and in the Diamond Wood area.

Grave Memorials
A wide variety of memorial designs are present within the cemetery, however the type of section in which a grave lies will determine the type of memorial permissible.

On a Lawn type section only a headstone type memorial is permissible. Kerbing, fencing or chippings are not permitted, however the ground may be cultivated up to 18" (46cm) from the headstone.

On a Traditional section a headstone and/or kerb-set, which runs the length of the grave, are permissible. Again no fencing permitted.

A copy of the Rules and Regulations relating to the cemetery can be obtained from the office.

There is a memorial wall situated by the War Cross Memorial adjacent to the public graves where a Single or Double Wall Plaque in memory of a loved one can be purchased. Application packs and further details are available on request via the Cemetery office.

Memorial Benches
Memorial benches may be purchased in memory of a loved one. They may be placed in a chosen spot within the cemetery grounds in consultation with a member of the office staff. Only benches purchased through the cemetery office will be permitted within the cemetery grounds.

Temporary Memorials
(up to 24 months)

Perspex Grave Markers are offered with or without a ground fixing stake and can be fully personalised. These are available in either Gold or Silver.

Inscriptions can be complimented by the addition of motifs or photographs.

For further details please speak to a member of the cemetery office.

Grave Tending
Various options are available for grave tending with seasonal plants and Christmas Wreaths. Please see our memorialisation page for further details.

Facilities Available
Public toilets are situated in the building opposite the Lodge building.

Notice boards also show you maps of the cemetery to help you locate sections within the cemetery grounds.

Cemetery section maps can be obtained from a leaflet holder at the bottom of the ramp outside the Lodge.

Brandwood End Lodge has been refurbished and will shortly be available for suitable community use.
The ground floor will be available for a cost of £17.00 per hour. The times need to be booked in advance.

The Lodge is available Monday to Friday during the hours below:
1st May - 30th Sept between 9:00am and 4:00pm
1st Oct - 30th Apr between 9:00am and 3:30pm

Any enquiries for hiring the facilities are to be made to Dawn Harding at Kings Norton Cemetery, Longdales Road, Kings Norton. Birmingham B38 9BU 0121 303 5583

Tree Walk
Brandwood End Cemetery was planted with deciduous and evergreen trees, popular at the time. The tree walk goes through the central and oldest area of the cemetery, starting by the Lodge.

The Friends Of Brandwood End Cemetery have put together this tree walk around the cemetery grounds. More information on The Friends Of Brandwood End together with details of this tree walk can be found at www.fbec.org.uk or you can download and print the Tree Walk file, found at the bottom of this page.

BWE Tree Mapping

Tree Tagging
All of the trees within Brandwood End Cemetery have been tagged with a unique reference number. The above maps gives you an idea of the number range for each section. A full list of all of the tree reference numbers together with the type of tree can be obtained, on request, from the cemetery office.

Diamond Wood, burial of ashes, woodland burials, burial of cremated remains, brandwood end, natural burials

Diamond Wood - Woodland Area
In celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II a new cremated remains section has been opened at Brandwood End Cemetery, the Woodland is named Diamond Wood and can be found just inside the entrance of the cemetery on the left hand side.

The area has been planted with 23 native trees to develop the woodland setting and more trees may be planted at a later date if necessary.

Ashes plots are available to purchase or reserve and are located in a line within the hedge boundary.

Cemetery Photographs - take a look at some of the photos that have been taken around the cemetery grounds.

General Information

We often need to write to grave owners and it would be beneficial if grave owners could notify the Brandwood End Office of any change of address details to ensure letters are forwarded to the correct address.

Please be aware that no dogs with the exception of guide dogs are permitted in the cemetery, even if the dog is restrained by a lead.

Special times for opening and closing apply on Christmas Day and Boxing Day as follows :-
9.30 am - 1.30 pm.


Travelling by Road:-
From Kings Heath High Street continue on the A435 Alcester Road South out of the City. Turn right into Woodthorpe Road, and the cemetery gates are signposted on the left-hand side.

Travelling by Bus:-
The No. 18 bus route stops opposite the cemetery gates. The route starts at Yardley Wood Bus Depot, stopping at Woodthorpe Road, Pershore Road, Watford Road, Northfield Baths, Genners Lane and Field Lane, Bartley Green.

Travelling by Train:-
From either Bournville or Yardley Wood Stations take the No. 18 bus route, which stops outside the cemetery gates.

Woodthorpe Road
Kings Heath
B14 6EQ

Tel: 0121 303 5583
Fax: 0121 459 8284
Email: brandwood.endcem@birmingham.gov.uk

The Cemetery will be open to visitors: -



Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays

January, December

08.30-16.00 hours

10.00-16.00 hours

February, March, April,
October, November

08.30-16.00 hours

10.00-17.00 hours

May, June, July, August,

08.30-16.30 hours

10.00-17.00 hours

Special times for opening and closing apply on Christmas Day and Boxing Day as follows :- 9.30 am - 1.30 pm.

Burial Registers - research and copies of entries