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.

rear view of chapel

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, 2016

This project was shortlisted for an 'Angel Award'. Founded by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the Angel Awards recognise the efforts of local people to save historic buildings and places.

This was a deserving accolade to all of the contractors, Trust members and volunteers who worked hard to make this project successful.

Read the Media Release

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. Read more

Supported by the Architectural Heritage Fund Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund
Events and Activities

NEW Building Works Section

See more details of the building works carried out on the new ' From Lye and Wollescote Cemetery Chapels to Thomas Robinson Building', section.

Join the Friends of Lye and Wollescote Cemetery

Help to maintain and enhance the cemetery, learn new skills and meet new people.

Volunteers help to clear the Graves
Join the Friends to tidy the graves on the first Saturday of every month from 9.30 am to around 12.30 pm.

Visit our Get Involved page for more information or Contact Sue Smith :

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