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Bull Street Quaker Burial Ground

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Wendy

Guest
This was posted to me in a Facebook group which I thought may be of interest to some.

The man who posted it had a company that specialised in exhumations. We exhumed the inner part of I think Rackhams or Lewis's in Birmingham, they had a inner court yard and started to dig footing for a building but came across coffins, we later found out it was part of the old Qauker burial ground which snow hill station was built on, i did not think it went that far up but must have.
 

mikejee

Super Moderator
Staff member
There used to be a quaker Burial ground behind the Lewis's maib building site. It seems to have been there still in the 1950s.
 
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Wendy

Guest
This gentleman was doing work in the 70's/80's I believe his company were called when graves or remains were found. It nice to talk to someone who was actually there and not hearsay. His company also did the exhumations at Key Hill when work was done to widen the Metro Line.
 

Andrew Fincham

New Member
Might be worth noting that Quaker Meetings were advised in 1717 and again in 1766 to remove all gravestones, which were considered a 'vain custom'.
 

Lloyd

master brummie
This post and those numbered 47 - 54 below moved to this thread from the Snow Hill Station thread.

The map below dated 1892-1914 (from the site: https://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/#zoom=18&lat=52.4959&lon=-1.9081&layers=176&b=6) shows the Gt Western Arcade roofed-over, (previously an open cutting), I wonder if the pupils at the Blue Coat School (between the arcade and the church yard) suffered from train noise?
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Peg.

The school faced the churchyard, so I doubt it. Something else the map shows that I didn't know of, there was a cemetery between Bull Street and Upper Priory, Steelhouse Lane and The Minories, where (or very near) Lewis's was later.
 
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Lady Penelope

master brummie
Yes, I think it belonged to the Quakers. We went to the meeting house there on one of the Heritage Days some time ago and the gravestones are still there, set into the walkway. It's strange that the meeting house isn't marked. I'm sure it was off Doctor Johnstone's Passage at the side of Lewis's and the back of Grey's furniture store.
 

mikejee

Super Moderator
Staff member
Lloyd
That was the Quaker burial ground. There is a post somewhere on the forum where a member remembers working on building work at Lewis's an dskeletons being found and removed for reburial.
 

Phil

Gone, but not forgotten.


Viv

I am unsure if I have posted this before, but it shows the tombstones that were replaced around the area of the Quaker Meeting House on Bull Street when the bodies were disinterred for the removal elsewhere when alterations and renovations were carried out. As can be seen from the tombstone some quite important people were buried here including a lot of the Cadbury family.

Please if you think this is in the wrong place feel free to move it wherever you think best.

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