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Cemeteries and Crematoria - Handsworth Cemetery



A Brief History

Handsworth Cemetery was opened in 1909 by Handsworth Urban District Council and was taken over by Birmingham City Council when the City expanded in 1911. Of its 68 acres, 40 have been developed by burials.

Grave Sections

Grave sections vary in denomination from consecrated, Free Church, Roman Catholic and Muslim. Adult graves for up to 2 full body burials are available on all these sections.

Grave Memorials

The type of memorial permissible will be determined by the type of section in which a grave lies.

On Lawn type sections headstones and bases only are permissible. The grave area itself being turfed. No kerbing, fencing or chippings are permitted but the ground may be cultivated up to 18" (46cm) from the headstone.

Traditional sections enable a full memorial to be erected, using kerbing to define the overall grave space. No fencing is permissible.

Children's Graves

Children's graves are available in Free Church or Muslim areas. Both are designated Lawn B.

Public Burials

Burials in unmarked graves, where exclusive burial rights are not purchased, are available in Free Church or Muslim sections for both adults and children.

Brick Graves

Brick graves are available in Free Church section for adults.

Concrete Chambers

These are installed in the ground prior to burial. The coffin is sealed within the chamber without coming into contact with any soil. They are currently available for children and adults in Muslim areas.

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

Facilities Available

Handsworth Cemetery has a Grade I listed chapel for services, originally designed and built in 1909 by architect J. Bidlake. The chapel can hold 150 mourners. An organ is available (this does not include an organist) and CDs and tapes may also be played.

An extended hours burial service is available at Handsworth Cemetery and burials can be accommodated at short notice. Please contact a member of staff for details.

Temporary Memorials
(up to 24 months)

Perspex Grave Markers are offered with or without a wooden 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 and prices please speak to a member of the cemetery office.

Always Remembered Grave Tending
Various Grave Tending options are available for both floral tributes and Christmas Wreaths.


Travelling by Road:-
From Birmingham take the A34 signposted Walsall. At Perry Barr Island turn left on A4040 signposted Handsworth. After approximately two miles look for the cemetery sign as the road splits into a dual carriageway. Turn right down Oxhill Road and the cemetery gates are situated at the end on the left hand side.

Travelling by Bus:-
From Birmingham take the No. 101 bus route, which terminates at the cemetery gates.

Travelling by Train:-
From Hamstead or Perry Barr Stations take the No. 16 bus route, which joins the No. 101 bus route and terminates at the cemetery gates.

To view a location map for Handsworth Cemetery, please follow the link at the foot of the page.

Oxhill Road
B21 8JT

Tel: (0121) 464 0096 or 0121 675 8523
Fax: (0121) 515 1522
e-mail: handsworthcem@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.