The Lye and Wollescote Cemetery Chapels, now known as the Thomas Robinson Building, in Cemetery Road, Lye is a Grade II listed building in recognition of its architectural and historical importance as part of the UK's national heritage. It is a rare surviving example of a cemetery chapel designed to incorporate two chapels within a single building.
The associated cemetery continues in use but the nonconformist chapel was closed in the 1970s and the Church of England chapel closed following a fire in 1993 which caused minor damage to the interior.
This historically important building was at risk until the West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust (WMHBT) refurbished the building, between 2015 and 16. It is now in use, in a secular capacity, as a registration office.
More details of the restoration project can be seen on our Project page.
'Angel Award' Shortlist
We are proud to announce that the project has been shortlisted by Heritage England for an 'Angel Award' (22-08-2016).
Founded by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the Angel Awards recognise the efforts of local people to save historic buildings and places. Find out more and vote for us on the HE Web Site
This Project was part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Architectural Heritage Fund
with partnership funding from W A Cadbury Charitable Trust, The Owen Family Trust and
the Society of Antiquaries of London. Also supported by
Dudley Council and WMHBT volunteer members.
Join the Friends of Lye and Wollescote Cemetery
Help to maintain and enhance the cemetery, learn new skills and meet new people.
Open Day 10th September 2016
As part of National Heritage Weekend the Friends will be giving guided tours of the cemetery at 10.30 and 12.30 and the Thomas Robinson Building will be open to view from 9.15 to 12.00. View the poster