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Funerary Traditions

Lye and Wollescote Cemetery and Chapels can provide insight into several religious funerary traditions. As a historic site its origins lie in the Church of England and Christianity however, more recently Islamic burials have been received into the cemetery as a sign of the changing population of the area. This section provides information and insight into those traditions.

Further information about these and other funerary tradition is described in the following video:

This video has been produced by Newman Brothers at The Coffin Works, a heritage site in the heart of the historic Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham. We are grateful for its inclusion here. You can view and download this video onto your device directly from Vimeo.

Civil Wedding Ceremony

The following films were produced with the help of pupils from Rufford Primary School Lye and Dudley Registrars. The first shows the complete service from start to finish and in the second the Superintendent Registrar for Dudley, Penny Fulford, explains the role of a registrar and how the new Thomas Robinson Building will be used post renovation.

These films can also be downloaded and saved onto your device by (right-)clicking on the following links and selecting "save target/link as ...."

Mock Wedding Ceremony - (MP4 -large file 1.2 Gb)
Mock Wedding Ceremony - (MP4 -smaller file 134 Mb)
What Job does a Registrar Do? - (MP4 -large file 434 Mb)
What Job does a Registrar Do? - (MP4 -smaller file 50 Mb)

Read the Mock Wedding Ceremony Film Script (pdf)


Visiting a cemetery can be an upsetting and confusing experience for children.

We strongly recommend that, before you bring any pupils on a visit to Lye and Wollescote Cemetery and Chapels, you

  • talk through where they are coming to,
  • what they will see here and
  • what cemeteries are for in order to minimise any upset.

Useful Websites

Teacher Resources

Please contact us if you have any concerns about bringing your pupils to the site and we will do our best to help you.


Preserving and maintaining historic sites such as Lye and Wollescote Cemetery and Chapels involves all areas of society. From paid members of staff who look after the site, use the facilities and restore buildings and monuments to much valued volunteers who keep the area tidy and share the heritage of the site with visitors.

This section includes an exploration of the people who help to make the site work and an opportunity to discuss and share with us your thoughts on why we should or should not save historic buildings. There is also a link to find out more about how you and your school could help us by volunteering and supporting your local community (see 'The People' below).

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