Lye & Wollescote Cemetery Chapels, The Black Country
Telling the story of the cemetery and it’s residents
Nominated for the Heritage Angel Awards 2016, Historic England
It was a completely new venture for us to be working with interpretive designers, but we found it to be a pleasurable and most rewarding experience as it became evident that the skill and creativity of the Maltings Partnership would greatly enhance the simple text of our WWI Commemorative Book.
JEAN WESTON & MARLENE PRICE
(Co-Authors – The Lost Twenty Nine)
The Lye & Wollescote Cemetery and Chapels lie at the heart of this small Black Country town. The Victorian gothic chapels, divided to conduct both Anglican and Nonconformist burials, had fallen into disrepair and the Cemetery – long since closed to new burials – was overgrown and neglected. The West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust recognised the heritage and local significance of the site and so in 2003 embarked on a long journey to procure funds in order to save the chapels from dereliction and restore the buildings and grounds. Grade II listing and HLF funding was secured, and in 2014 the Trust acquired the Chapels and so restoration began, with an approved change of use to provide office space and a venue for marriages. At the same time, the Friends of Lye & Wollescote Cemetery and Chapels sought to improve and conserve the Cemetery.