Graveyard Heritage Trail Wins Heritage Lottery Fund Support

Castle Bromwich Youth & Community Partnership has received £26,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project to create a heritage trail which explores the stories behind the headstones in Castle Bromwich graveyard. Led by volunteers from the local community the project will focus on the lives of people buried in the graveyard to highlight the rich heritage that exists...
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Fatal Gun Accident Castle Bromwich

Western Daily Press – Friday 8th October 1858 The Fatal Gun Accident at Castle Bromwich On Wednesday W. S. Poole Esq., held an inquest at the Bradford Arms Inn on the body of Mr. Douglas Ward, whose melancholy death from a gun accident was announced yesterday.The jury, a highly respectable one, of which Mr. John Blewitt was the foreman, having been sworn in, proceeded to view the body, which...
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Stories Behind the Headstones

Sad Death of An Actor Have you ever wondered about the stories behind the headstones in graveyards. Why did that person die so young? What happened to cause the deaths of so many family members so close together? What was life like for the person buried in the grave? Over the next few months we will be researching the stories hidden in Castle Bromwich Graveyard and documenting them on this...
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Young People Dig In To Make A Difference

Graves were uncovered and a flower bed created when thirty young people took part in an Autumn Challenge to help tidy the graveyard. Thanks to their efforts the graveyard looks a lot tidier and more colourful this morning. Thanks to the Challenge Network for working in partnership with us and to the young people for their efforts which were greatly...
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Autumn Challenge

We’re hosting another challenge on Sunday September 30th for 60 young people from the Challenge Network. Last year 75 young people(see photo below)  undertook a variety of tasks including creating new flower beds, tidying graves and planting bulbs. This year, we’re planning on creating a soakaway by the tap, planting more new flower beds and continuing our tidying of old graves. If...
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Nature Survey – Marmalade Hoverfly

Helped by the Local Nature Reserves’ Officer, the Castle Bromwich Youth & Community Partnership spent a gloriously sunny afternoon observing and recording wildlife in the graveyard. One of the species discovered was the Episyrphus balteatus (marmalade hoverfly). It is small – approximately 10mm long – and has an orange parallel-sided abdomen with narrow black bands....
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Cosy Room for Two

Thanks to 237 Explorer Scouts birds such as Robins and Blue Tits now have ready made nesting boxes at the graveyard in Castle Bromwich. All that now remains is for the birds to set up home and we can watch their daily lives from nesting through to the chicks...
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Least we Forget

Looking at the graveyard today, it’s easy to forget just how much has been achieved. The voluntary efforts of the community have made a remarkable difference in just a few years. So, in case we forget, here are a few images of the graveyard as it was before we began the clear-up. Thank you to everybody who has helped to make a difference. The slideshow below contains a few photographs from...
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Reaching out from Beyond the Grave

Even eighty-four years after his death, Castle Bromwich residents are still indebted to the influence and philantrophy of Alderman Thomas Clayton. The businessman and local dignitary was one of the founding partners of Canal Carriers and boat builders Fellows, Moreton and Clayton. After hearing that the graveyard containing his final resting place was in dire need of a water supply, British...
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Photographic Slideshow

Looking for details of your ancestors grave, but unable to visit the graveyard? Watch the slideshow and see if we have photographs of what you’re looking...
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