The Cemetery

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 City 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 landscaped cemetery 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.

The cemetery has Gothic style mortuary chapels, which were added to the statutory list of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest in 1997.


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.

Facilities Available

The public toilets are situated in the building opposite the Lodge.

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

General Information

We often need to write to grave owners and it would be beneficial if grave owners could notify Bereavements Dept at the  Kings Norton Office (details below)  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.

If you are looking for the opening hours please visit here or if you are looking for a grave please look here. For more details on the Chapels please click the link above or here.

The Bereavement Services Office and records for Brandwood End Cemetery have now been relocated to Kings Norton Cemetery.

Our 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

We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause.


  1. Patricia Peach says:

    I am enquiring about my sisters sylvia Morris Grave who is buried at Kings norton cementary Primrose Hill in Kings Norton I was told by a relative that my sisters grave has gone public because her children have not payed for her funeral the funeral company who done her burial was Gasciogn S and Son in the Green Kings Norton in April 2008 please could you let me know if this is true or not because her children have told my family they have been paying for it yours sincerly Patricia Peach

    • sarahcourbet says:

      Hi Patricia. This is the website for Friends of Brandwood End Cemetery, not for Kings Norton. I suggest you phone the office at Kings Norton, or get in touch with Birmingham City Council (you should be able to find it on their website). Otherwise phone Gascoigne and Sons as they are very helpful. Good luck! Sarah

  2. Angela Brittain says:

    Hi there
    I have family whose house backs onto Brandwood End Cemetry, Kings Heath. Do you know if in the beginning when the cemetry was first opened in 1899 was its boundries bigger than what they are now. Meaning is the cemetry now smaller than when it was first opened? Any information you can give would be most appreciated .
    Thank you very much for any help.
    Angela Brittain

    • Sarah Courbet says:

      Hi Angela. I don’t believe the Cemetery has ‘shrunk’ but it is not unknown for Cemeteries to sell off land. Let me ask the Committee to see if they know. If not I will refer your enquiry to Birmingham City Council Bereavements Department. Sarah

    • Sarah Courbet says:

      Hi Angela. I did talk to my friends on the Committee and in fact the cemetery has grown since it’s inception. Does that help? Sarah

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