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Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Sandwell Valley Crematorium,
Newton Road,
B71 3SX
www.sandwell.gov.uk

Sandwell, in the heart of England's 'Black Country', is the 3rd most populous (309,000) district of the West Midlands, and is the 29th largest district in England. It borders the City of Birmingham to the east and is circled on the other sides by Wolverhampton, Dudley and Walsall.

The Black Country has no clearly defined borders but Sandwell and its towns are in the heart of this famous industrial area. Partly due to large coal seams found in the region, it is considered to be associated with the very birth of the 'industrial revolution' with foundries, mills, factories and other industrial services associated with coal. A 14-mile stretch of road from Wolverhampton (immediately north-east of Sandwell), through Sandwell's towns and on to Birmingham was described as "one continuous town" as early as 1785.

Although Sandwell MBC was only created in 1974, the area has ancient roots and is named after Sandwell Benedictine Priory founded in the 12th century. Sandwell was formed from six towns: Oldbury, Rowley Regis, Smethwick, Tipton, Wednesbury and West Bromwich, many of which date back to medieval and Anglo Saxon times.

Today, with a population of 137,000, the largest of these towns is West Bromwich, first mentioned as 'Bromwic' in the Domesday Book of 1086. Although the location of both another Benedictine Priory in Medieval times and later, a coaching stop, West Bromwich is renowned as an industrial area linked with coal mining and the manufacture of nails, springs and guns. It suffered a major outbreak of cholera in the first half of the 19th century and was the target for air raids during WW2.

Sandwell MBC's cemeteries and crematoria service reflects the history of the area in that they manage 9 cemeteries and 2 crematoria across the area. Across these locations there are approximately 300,000 burials and over 130,000 cremations, and the total number of items across all records is approximately 1 million. The sites, in alphabetical order, are listed below with the earliest recorded burials indicated:

  • Fallings Heath Cemetery (aka Wednesbury Cemetery), Wednesbury, WS10 0SX: records from January 1938 to December 2003
  • Heath Lane Cemetery, West Bromwich, B71 3HR: records from November 1858 to August 2001
  • Holly Lane Cemetery, Smethwick, records from 1868 (Data currently being finalised)
  • Oldbury Cemetery, Smethwick, B66 1QT: records from July 1858 to August 2001
  • Rowley Regis Cemetery, Rowley Regis, B65 0AG: records from November 1921 to August 2001
  • Rowley Regis Crematorium, Rowley Regis, B65 0AG: records from March 1962 to January 1995
  • Sandwell Valley Crematorium, Newton Road, West Bromwich, B71 3SX: records from January 1962 to June 1997
  • Tipton Cemetery, Tipton, DY4 7NP: records from 1873 to August 2001
    (Note: some records were lost during the war. If your relations were buried between April 18th 1899 and July 18th 1908 or August 24th 1911 and August 20th 1915 there is an index record that they were buried in Tipton Cemetery but it is not possible to establish their address, date of death, age or the grave were they were actually buried or who they were buried with).
  • Thimblemill Cemetery, Smethwick, B67 6LS: computerised records from 2008 (Data awaited)
  • Uplands Cemetery, Smethwick, B67 6EF: records from May 1890 to August 2001
  • Wood Green Cemetery, Wednesbury, WS10 9QS: records from April 1868 to September 2011

The map for Uplands Cemetery indicating the section of a cemetery where graves are located is included with the records. The maps for the other cemeteries will be available in due course.

Information recorded comprises the following: scans of original registers until the early 2000's, computerised register records from the 2000's (dates vary by site), and grave details indicating all those buried within each grave. For some cemeteries the section has been taken from the spine of the register and is not shown on the scans.

Other information
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council: www.sandwell.gov.uk
Wikipedia page on Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council: Wiki: Sandwell
West Bromwich: Wiki: West Bromwich
The Birmingham and Midlands Society for Heraldry and Genealogy: www.bmsgh.org
West Midlands Group of Family History Societies: wmgfhs.wordpress.com
History of the Black Country: blackcountryhistory.org

 
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